More than 800 hectares of yams and plantain farms have been destroyed by flood in three communities in Oshimili South and Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta.
The affected communities are Oko-Amakom, Oko-Anala, Oko-Ogbele in Oshimili South and Abala Oshimili in Ndokwa.
Chief Joe Opene, Opinion Leader in Oko-Amakom, told Newsmen that about 800 hectres of farm lands were destroyed by the ravaging flood in the three communities.
Opene explained that the major occupations of the people in the communities were farming and fishing.
“Our communities are known for farming yams, potatoes, plantain and cassava, as I am taking now, we don’t even have these crops to plant for the next farming season, because the flood destroyed all our farm produce.
“In fact, our people are crying out of hunger, since most of them returned from the camps and our major challenge now is hunger.”
Also commenting on the situation, Chief Paul Oranyeli, a Community Leader in Oko-Anala, commended the State and the Federal Governments for assisting the flood victims by setting up relief camps for them.
Oranyeli, however, lamented the challenges being faced by the farmers, adding that the farmers lost both their farm produce and seedlings to the flood.
According to him, the farmers can’t even prepare for the next planting season now, because all their seedlings and cassava stems have been destroyed by the flood.
Oranyeli, therefore, appealed to the Federal and the State Governments to come to their aid by providing them funds and improved varieties of seedlings and cassava stem cuttings to enable them prepare for the next farming season.
“As you can see, the next farming is drawing near and farmers are supposed to start preparing but all they need now is support from the government.
“This will go a long way in reducing hunger in the various communities,’’ Oranyeli said.