Ogun farmers lose N100m fishes to flood, rainstorm
Ogun fish farmers, 55 of them, have lost over N100m worth of live fishes to a devastating flood which swept them away following a two – day torrential rainfall.
The cluster – cat fish farms located at Idagba area of Ayetoro in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State and housing about 110 ponds were submerged at the weekend when the overflowing Idagba river emptied into them.
It was learnt that the river which incidentally was their source of water supply, the reason the farms were sited near, experienced overflow with the heavy down pour.
The Nation gathered that some of the villagers had a luck day as they defied the heavy downpour and followed the Idagba river course to catch swarms of fishes being washed down its path.
A witness told The Nation that a basin of table -size cat fishes were sold as cheap as N4000:00 in Ayetoro area by some youths who made fortune out of the farmers’ misfortune.
One of the farmers, Mr David Adeniyi, a retired banker who operates a fish farm in conjunction with his wife, said the flood swept away his seven active fish ponds, lamenting that he has lost over five million naira to devastating rainstorm.
Also affected is 76 year – old Pa. Akanni Olateju, who claimed he personally lost six million naira worth of fishes to the flood and appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to their help.
According Olateju, majority of the affected fish farmers invested in fish farm business with loans.