Fire has destroyed farm produce worth N24 million in the Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe.
The Local Government Information Officer, Ali Abdullahi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gulani on Thursday.
Mr Abdullahi said the fire which started in the late hours of Tuesday, had destroyed 16 millet farms of about 115 hectares.
He said the local authorities believed that the fire might have been 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.
Mr Abdullahi said the council chairman, Dayyabu Jibilwa, had earlier conducted an on-the-spot-assessment of the damage recorded.
He said Mr 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.