Katsina community expresses worry over continuous hailstone drops

Gozaki community in Katsina State’s Kafur Local Government Area (LGA) have expressed serious worries over the continuous dropping of hailstones in the community.

Although no lives were lost during the snowfall, there are fears that the snow may affect the growth of crops in the community.

The residents of the community who are majorly farmers showed anxiety because of the adverse effects the hailstones had on their crops.

The farmers were worried that crops such as millet, rice, soybeans, maize, and pepper planted in large quantities could be destroyed by the hailstones.

The Chairman of Kafur LGA, Alhaji Garba Kanya, complained that the heavy downpour accompanied by hailstones has destroyed more than 300 farms in eight communities in the area.

Alhaji Kanya, along with the District Head of Kafur, Alhaji Abdulrahman Rabe and other top council officials visited the affected area and the affected farmlands at the weekend for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

They sympathised with the farmers and encouraged them to continue farming but that caution should be employed in the meantime.

The Chairman had on Monday in Katsina said that the heavy rain and ice pellets lasted for over three hours and affected farms and houses in Dutsen-Kura, Kanya and Gozaki wards.

The affected communities are Gidan Sabo, Kabalawa, Unguwar Tsamiya, Dandabo, Unguwar Maigarma, Unguwar Danwada, Unguwar Wanzamai and Unguwar Fulani.

According to him, the crops destroyed by the disaster are worth millions of naira.

“After the incident, myself in the company of some officials of the Council and the District Head of Kafur, Alhaji Abdulrahman Rabe, were there to sympathise with the people.

“We were conducted round the affected farmlands to see the level of destruction, it was disturbing because many farms and crops were destroyed. I urged them to take the incident in good faith and seek God’s intervention,” he said.

Kanya said that the local council has reported the incident to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for its intervention.

Credit: Neptune Prime 

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