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‘25,000 Birds Killed’: Multi-Million Naira Farm Shut Down In Anambra As Flood Wreaks Havoc



A state-of-the-art automated farm valued in the millions of naira, situated within the Agbobo Umuoga Ossomala Community in Ogbaru council area of Anambra State, has ceased its operations as a consequence of a devastating flood incident.

Tragically, this disaster led to the unfortunate demise of over 25,000 avian inhabitants in the farm’s poultry section, while also inflicting significant damage upon the fish, potato crops, and other agricultural produce.

Dr Patrick Sule-Ugboma, Proprietor of the farm complex, Matuuci Farms Ltd., made the disclosure on Wednesday when he took newsmen round the facility.

He said that about 400 staff of the company had been directed to stop work.

The communities in Ogbaru are living on the River Niger coastline and often experience flooding.

Sule-Ugboma said that the farm sitting on 20 hectares of land had lost a fortune to the flood disaster.

“We have lost more than 25,000 poultry birds, fish in our ponds worth several millions of naira, and numerous other property worth several millions of naira,” he said.

According to Sule-Ugboma, the flood has equally affected some bridges on Onitsha-Ndoni Road, especially Umunnakwo Bridge.

NAN reports that the collapse of the same Umunnakwo Bridge in 2022 resulted in a boat mishap which claimed some lives.

Sule-Ugboma said that collapse of bridges on Ogbaru-Ndoni Road posed dangers to residents and travellers, who had resorted to crossing the river by wooden boats.

He appealed to the federal and Anambra State governments to urgently address the situation.

“I am calling on Governor Charles Soludo to look into the plight of our people, especially with flooding hitting Ogbaru communities again.

” I also call on the Niger Delta Development Commission to consider reconstruction of the Onitsha-Ndoni Road,” he said.

“Agriculture is the main stay of communities in Ogbaru as well as communities in Delta, Imo and Rivers states,” Sule-Ugboma said.