The $90 million rice farm cultivated by Olam Nigeria Limited, a Singapore based investor in agriculture, in Rukubi-Ondorie area of Doma in Nasarawa State has been submerged by flood caused by water overflowing from River Benue.
It was gathered that barely 30 days after the crop was planted, water from the river flowed into the farm which is located about five kilometres away from the banks. Daily Trust learnt that the flood also sacked the entire Rukubi and Ondorie communities.
Head of the investment group, Regi George, told Daily Trust yesterday that the entire farm is now under water.
“We have lost this, but we are not losing hope. We are not resting; we are daily, looking for ways to address this huge disaster”, George said.
Receiving the management team of the group who visited to brief him on the extent of the damage, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura promised “institutional support”, expressing sadness over the disaster.
Projected to be Africa’s largest rice farm, the mechanized investment is a fully irrigated and precision levelled commercial farm, with not less than 500 workers including women from its host communities.