About 58,000 hectares of farmland have been abandoned by farmers in Katsina State this year due to the activities of banditry in the state.
Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Bello Masari on Agriculture, Dr. Abba Abdullahi disclosed this at a news briefing in Katsina.
He noted that about 500 farms in areas troubled by bandits have been abandoned, leading to a 30% decline in food production in this year’s wet season farming.
“Based on the data we collated from the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), about 500 farms have been abandoned this year by farmers fleeing banditry attacks in parts of the state.
He pointed out that the Coronavirus pandemic did not affect food production in the state but regretted that it has affected the food supply chain due to the lockdown experienced in recent months.
Dr. Abdullahi said the state government was working with several international partners such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and FADAMA III Project to enhance commercial agriculture in the state.
He urged farmers in the state to seize the opportunity provided by the ban on the importation of Rice, Maize, and other food crops to multiply their production.