The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of seedlings to 4,390 farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster in seven Local Government Areas of Anambra State.
Bolanle Ojo, NEMA’s Supervisor for the project, told newsmen on Monday at Ogbaru, that a total of 7,251.72 hectares of farmland was affected in the state.
Ojo said that the flood affected victims in Anambra-East, Anambra-West, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Orumba-North, Awka-North and Ihiala local government areas.
The supervisor said farmers affected by the flood in the state would receive yam, rice, maize, tomato, pepper and vegetable seedlings, as well as plantain suckers and cassava stems.
According to her, yam farmers would receive 10 baskets of 60 pieces of yam per hectare each while cassava farmers would get 40 bundles of cassava stems each.
She said rice and maize farmers would receive 40kg of seedlings per hectare, while pepper farmers will get 0.4kg of seedlings, tomato farmers, 0.6kg, vegetable farmers, 2kg and plantain farmers, 40 bulks of plantain suckers.
Ojo explained that agro-chemicals and fertilizers would be distributed at a later time to the farmers.
“The Federal Government is doing this to support the farmers affected by the 2018 flood in the state because a lot of farm lands were washed away and many crops destroyed.
“Although some farmers bounced back but government realized that it was difficult for smaller farmers to bounce back because they continued to count their losses.
“The intervention, therefore, is to prevent food shortage in the country,” she stressed.