Fire has destroyed farm produce worth N24 million in Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The Local Government Information Officer, Alhaji Ali Abdullahi, in an interview today, December 2 with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gulani, the fire which started in the late hours of today, destroyed 16 millet farms of about 115 hectares.
He said that the local authorities believed that the fire started by a lighted cigarette stick dumped in the area.
“Usually during harvest, the wind blows strongly.
“And if herdsmen around the area drop their cigarettes on shrubs or start fire to prevent their cattle from insect bites, fire can easily start and escalate.
The official said that the council chairman, Alhaji Dayyabu Jibilwa, had earlier conducted an on-the-spot-assessment of the damage recorded.
He said that Jibilwa commiserated with the affected farmers and assured them that the state and local governments would support them to cushion the effect of their losses.