Rice Farmers Raise Alarm over Threat to Rice Production
Rice farmers in Jigawa State says the invasion of their farms by quelea birds has been a major challenge threatening rice production in the State.
This was stated by some rice farmers at Gatafa village, in Auyo Local Government during aerial spraying.
The farmers said quelea birds’ attack on rice farms was part of major challenges farmers were facing annually.
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They, however, commended the Federal Government and the State for the aerial spraying.
Senior Special Adviser to Governor Badaru on community and social inclusion, Hamza Hadejia said the aerial spray was following the rice farmers’ complaints over the inversion by quelea birds.
He explained that the spray was carried out in eleven local government areas of the state in a collaboration between the State and the Federal Government.
The Zonal coordinator, pest control unit, Alh. Abba Gana, represented by the Director, Abubakar Abdullah said it was aimed at reducing the population of quelea birds and control other trans boader pests in the country.