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We’ve lost over 65% of yam to excessive heat in Abuja – Farmers

Yam farmers in Abuja have lamented over 65 per cent of their harvest was lost to excessive heat caused by climate change a report by Media Advocacy West Africa- Foundation, MAWA, on Sunday disclosed.

The group conducted a focused group discussion with farmers in the Kwaita community in the Kwali Area Council of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and discovered that climate change has continued to take a toll on farmers.

MAWA foundation quoted a farmer, Mr Alkali Obadan, saying that excess heat from weather conditions is militating against their harvest output.

“Our yams are spoiling inside the storage facilities as a result of excess heat from the weather condition, we are losing money, and each of us has stories of how he lost a huge harvest to hot weather,” Obadan said.

“Therefore, there is an urgent need for the Nigerian state and climate change advocates to commence interventions with a practical designed approach with clear measurement indicators to address it at its core”, the group stated.


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