From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Farmers in Yobe state have expressed fears of gross decline in harvests and low produce this season due to the prevailing insecurity challenges and subsequent abandonment of farming activities by farmers across the state.
Some of the farmers who spoke to our reporter in Damaturu said they were afraid of possible attack in the bushes.
One of the farmers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he planted his farm close to Kalalawa village but abandoned it after an attack on the village four weeks ago, adding that subsequently, many farmers in the neighborhood have also abandoned their farms out of fear.
“You cannot be sure of the security situation and it is too risky to continue working on the farms because, you cannot tell when they may strike,” he said.
“I have been forced to abandoned my farm at Garin Itace, along Gujba road since after the attack on Katarko village. I usually hire some laborers to the farm, but we are all scared of going to the farm for fear of being attacked by the insurgents or mistaken as insurgents by the security operatives,” Musa Mamudo, a subsistence farmer, said.
Some civil servants who also practice farming said they have resorted to sending money to the village rather than going personally to work on the farms.
Mohammed Ali, a civil servant and farmer told our reporter that he used to go to the village every weekend to work on my farm, but because of the insecurity I only send money to engage workers
“I used to go to the village every weekend to work on my farm myself, but because of the insecurity, I only send money to engage workers. This method does not give me what I want to be done on the farm, but there is no alternative,” he added.
He expressed fears of gross decline in harvests this season due to the insecurity and abandonment of farming activities across the state.