08 September 2020 by AISHA ADESANYA
Federal lawmakers from Kebbi State in the House of Representatives have urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reconsider the terms for loans given to rice farmers in the State .
The Kebbi Caucus which stated this in Abuja while addressing newsmen on the impact of floods in Kebbi State and the country noted that flooding which came earlier than expected this year had affected farmers and their produce negatively.
The Chairman of the caucus, Mohammed Umar-Jega, who pointed out that Kebbi produces over sixty percent of rice being consumed by the nation noted that the floods has brought a setback towards addressing food security in the country.
He further called on the Federal Government to commission a study into the flooding in the state which has caused disaster of over ten billion naira with the aim of providing a lasting solution to the perennial disaster in the State and other parts of the country.
The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to address the shortfall of the food supply chain to reduce the cost of food items in the market, the hardship on the masses and also address the severe environmental degradation caused by the floods.