Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published June 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM | Page modified June 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Islamists drive 19,000 farmers from north Nigeria

Officials say Islamic militants have driven 19,000 rice farmers from northeast Nigeria while a military crackdown is preventing thousands more from working their fields.

The Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria —

Officials say Islamic militants have driven 19,000 rice farmers from northeast Nigeria while a military crackdown is preventing thousands more from working their fields.

Agriculture commissioner Usman Zannah in Borno state warns food shortages are imminent in the fifth week of a state of emergency in the vast region.

Zannah told The Associated Press Tuesday that roadblocks prevent farmers from reaching their fields while those in the hinterlands cannot reach towns to buy fertilizer and hire labor.

Chad Basin Development Authority director Garba Iliya said last week that 10,000 hectares of rice paddies have been abandoned by some 19,000 farmers at the peak of the harvesting season.

Islamic militants have killed more than 150 people in attacks in northeast Nigeria this year. Soldiers are accused of killing dozens of civilians.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Seattle Sketcher Book

Seattle Sketcher Book

Take home the Seattle Sketcher's latest book! Available now.

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►