Incessant rainfalls worry traders, farmers in Nsukka

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By Hilary Akalugwu
Nsukka (Enugu State) Sept. 12, 2020 Some traders and farmers in Nsukka town in Enugu State have expressed concern over the incessant rainfalls in the area since the month started.
The people said in separate interviews with Newsmen on Saturday that the rains had negatively affected their daily sales and income from their businesses.
It was also feared that the everyday rain might affect crop yield during this year’s harvest, if the rains did not abate.
A food vendor, Mrs Patricia Effiong, said she was experiencing low sales and loses in her business because of the incessant rainfall.
“Before September, I usually exhausted my food, even the one I prepared before 3.pm, before the end of the day.
“Unfortunately, sales have dropped significantly with the rains and I now go home with unsold food.
“The reason is that people try to manage the food they have in their homes, while most workers take food to office from home.
“I do not understand this kind of rain that will fall all day long since September 1 and not allow us to go about our businesses to be able to fend for our families,” she said.
A welder, Mr Jude Ezeja, said the incessant rainfall had affected his business and daily income.
Ezeja further said that the heavy downpour on a daily basis had led to a drastic drop in public power supply to the area by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company.
“I am surprised by this everyday rain in September. I thought this kind of rain is usually experienced between June and July.
“I do not know if this is the effect of Climate Change or impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the environment,” he said.
A farmer, Mr Andrew Ozioko, said he was concerned that the rains might have negative effect on his crops, especially the cassava and cocoyam.
“My concern is that this constant rain would cause my cassava and cocoyam to rot away in the soil before the harvest period.
“As a farmer, it is from my farm that I get money to take care of of myself and my family members.
“I am praying for God’s intervention for the rain to abate so that it will not affect my cassava and cocoyam harvest by October.
“I know that the Almighty God that gave me a bumper harvest in vegetables, maize and garden eggs this year will also give me bumper harvest in cassava and cocoyam,” Ozioko said.
NAN reports that it has continued to rain almost everyday in Nsukka and it’s environs since September 1.

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