The high rate of banditry and kidnappings in the Northwest of Nigeria may affect food production in the area by over 50 per cent, according to two apex farmers associations.

Officials of All Farmers Association of Nigeria,AFAN and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria,RIFAN,  made expressed the view in  interviews with Newsmen added that the criminal activities are wiping out family incomes.

They noted that already, bandits had displaced more than 10,000 households, mostly peasant farmers, in Zamfara, while in Kebbi, the hub of rice farming in Nigeria,  no fewer than 350 farmers had been forced to abandon their farms by the criminals.

The Secretary of AFAN in Kebbi, Muhammad Idris, said in Birnin Kebbi that banditry had affected farmers and cattle breeders.

Idris urged the security agencies to be on the watch and take action against any suspicious character in the state and also solicited the involvement of National Union of Road Transport Workers to tackle the menace.