Farmer loses N200m to night fire

Farmer loses N200m to night fire

The owner of of Sotonye Anga Farms, Sotonye Anga, has lost a cashew nursery worth N200 million to fire disaster in Ogun State. The fire was said to have started in the early hours of June 1, 2019, according to Anga who claimed that the nursery was the largest in Nigeria. He he had employed


The owner of of Sotonye Anga Farms, Sotonye Anga, has lost a cashew nursery worth N200 million to fire disaster in Ogun State.

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The fire was said to have started in the early hours of June 1, 2019, according to Anga who claimed that the nursery was the largest in Nigeria.

He he had employed over 500 people in the Ogun Community since its establishment.

He said it was raining heavily at the time the fire started and no one could say how it started.

“The fire started between 12 mid-night and 1:00 am. The cashew nursery is the largest in Nigeria and Africa.

“The total of cashew seedlings destroyed was 130,000 and its nursery is valued to be about N200 million.

“On the piece of land, we had two nurseries but since they were built apart, one of the nurseries was not torched while one was completely burnt down.

“The nursery was a major employer of labour in the community. We created over 500 jobs. If we had succeeded in taking the seedlings into the field it would have created over 5,000 jobs,’’ he said.

Anga, who is also the national publicity secretary of National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), said the farm would have significantly contributed to the total cashew production output in Nigeria.

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“As sad as the event is, God who gave us the initiative will enable us to rebuild it that is the hope we have.

“Although we tried to salvage it, only about 2,081 seedlings were saved but still they are of no economic benefits because they cannot be planted. So, you see that nothing is left”.

A police report obtained from Gogo Peters, the farm manager, who had reported the incident to the Owode Egba Divisional Police Headquarters, stated that the fire was caused by thunder and lightning.(NEWSPAD/agency report)

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