The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has started input distribution of improved maize and rice hybrid seeds to 21,000 farmers affected by conflicts and floods in Adamawa State, northeast Nigeria.
Mr Sulaiman Yakubu, a staff of NEMA and Supervisor of the intervention Programme, on Thursday, June 20, 2019 presented the agricultural inputs to the beneficiaries in Yola, the state capital.
He said that the intervention programme under the National Food Security Council – Emergency Agricultural Intervention in Conflict and 2018 flood impacted states had registered no fewer than 21,000 farmers affected by conflicts and floods in 2018 in Adamawa.
“The programme is designed and implemented to support and assist farmers to bring back what they lost during conflicts and flood in 16 affected local government areas of Adamawa.
Yakubu said that the farmers would also benefit from distribution of herbicides and fertilisers, adding that the agency had put in place mechanism to frustrate any attempt by the beneficiaries to sell the inputs.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri said that the intervention would go a long way in supporting the farmers.
Represented by Mr Bashir Ahmed, the Secretary to the State Government, Fintiri noted that the intervention would improve the lives of the beneficiaries who lost their means of livelihood either in conflict or flood.
“Let me use this opportunity to thank Federal Government through National Emergency Management Agency for this laudable giant stride which is the first of its kind so far in the country.’’
The governor, however, urged the authority to extend the intervention to cover more areas and ensure effective distribution of such items.
By Muhammad Adam