Rigwe Nation’s chief ruler, Brra Nggwe Rigwe, and Acting President, Bassa Traditional Council, HRH Rev Ronku Aka, has called on the Plateau State Government to come to the aid of farmers in his domain whose Irish potato farms were badly affected by the potato plague this year.

The supreme ruler made the call after receiving a report on the extent of losses from the epidemic, saying it is rather sad and worrying.

“Rigwe People have become one of the main producers of Irish Potato on the Plateau and that says something about the level of resources usually invested and injected into the course and this year is proving to be a disaster, leaving people in tears and count their losses”, Rev Aka added.

He reiterated that such losses tend to leave people discouraged and traumatized if they regularly think about the situation.

According to him, it is not only an important source of income, but also serves and helps to reduce hunger and food shortages.

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Through the Department of Agriculture, he appealed to the Plateau government to investigate the matter to help the affected farmers.

The chief ruler said the Sarkin Noma Irigwe has been asked to compile the list of those affected for further documentation and follow-up.

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