The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday distributed relief farm materials to 1,331 rice and maize farmers, who are victims of floods that ravaged their farms in 2020.
The distributed materials worth millions of naira include water pumps, insecticides, sprayers, rice and maize seedlings, bags of fertilizer among others.
Distributing the materials in Akure the state capital, the Director-General of the agency, Mr Ahmed Habib said the gesture was to assist the farmers whose farms were destroyed by flood in 2020.
Represented by the Area Head of NEMA in Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States, Mr Afolayan Olusegun, the DG explained that the beneficiaries were from Akure South and Akure North Local Governments.
”This is a gesture from the federal government to the farmers that are victims of natural disaster nationwide and the agricultural inputs you saw there are to be distributed. Sometimes ago, we came for the enumeration and profiling of the affected farmers and the items have been brought to them to cushion the impact of the loss made as a result of the disaster.
”These inputs you see there are worth millions of naira and they are to be given to the beneficiaries to assist in boosting their farm production and the number of the beneficiary farmers is 1,331.”
The DG noted that the figure was based on the number of farmers that were enumerated by the officials of the agency, stressing that other affected farmers in the state that were not enumerated this year would be enumerated against next year.
”Those farmers that benefited this year were those that came out for capturing and enumeration last year but other farmers that were not enumerated, I will get their total number and put it in my report of this year against next year.”
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, on Agriculture and Agric-business, Mr Akin Olotu, commended the federal government for coming to the rescue of farmers in the state, urging NEMA to extend the gesture beyond the two local governments, saying there were other farmers, that were also affected by the natural disasters across the 18 local government areas of the state.
”We had flood challenges in the state last year, particularly in some communities in Akure North and South Local Governments where we had some rice farms being swept off by the flood and some of the farmers obtained bank loans to do the farming. We have to write to NEMA to complain about the incident and the need for relief for the victim farmers and what they were able to do for us is what we are distributing.
”We have told them to extend the gesture to some other farmers in the same condition across the 18 local government areas. However, we have to commend them because the South West has not been benefitting in such gesture before this is the first time and it is commendable”, Olotu added.