Taraba, Kogi, Niger and Anambra states are worst hit by the recent flood which devastated parts of the country, Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina has said.
Reeling out the statistics obtained from satellite imagery by the International Management Water Institute at an emergency meeting with the state commissioners for agriculture on the National Flood Recovery Food Production Programme in Abuja, the minister said Taraba state tops the list of affected states with 256,800 hectares of land flooded with estimated crop of 106,400 hectares, which make up 14.2 per cent of the cultivated area, destroyed.
He said Kogi closely follows Taraba with flooding of 341,900 hectares of land claimed by the flood out of which area only were only 72,200 hectares of cultivated area, making 28.8 per cent of the 250,670 hectares of the total cultivated area of the state.
The minister, who debunked the speculations about food crisis, said Niger and Anambra states are the third and fourth worst affected states respectively with cultivated areas of 52,800 hectares and 42,100 hectares of crops lost to the flood.
He said, "the extent of crop loss as share of cultivated area is highest for Anambra (39 per cent), Kogi(28.8 per cent), Bayelsa (18.5 per cent), Taraba(14.2 per cent), Edo(11.1 per cent) and Adamawa(10.3 per cent)."