How the flood has affected the agricultural sector in Nigeria

Agriculture in Nigeria contributes a substantial amount to the national GDP and is the largest direct
employer of labor. Farmers and investors in Nigeria have suffered huge losses after floods destroyed
thousands of hectares of farmlands and food crops running into millions of dollars. Toward the end of
In September 2022, Nigeria began experiencing floods. So far, more than 600 people have died and
millions have been displaced. Of all the forms of natural disasters, flooding is one of the most
destructive. It leaves far-reaching effects on the crops and livestock with its strong current. Over
138,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed across the states. Livestock can also be harmed.
Flood-affected livestock can suffer long-term health conditions, including parasites and bacterial
infections, damaging equipment, and infrastructure. The indirect impacts of flooding on farm businesses
severely interrupt operations. For example, agricultural products cannot be transported to processing
facilities or retailers when roads are blocked. This may lead to food shortages and higher supermarket
prices for milk, fruit, vegetables, and other farm products.

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