The Chairman of Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state, South east Nigeria, Mr Arinze Awogu, has commended the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for distributing seedlings to farmers in the area.
Awogu who gave the commendation in an interview with Journalists at Ogbaru, near Onitsha diclosed that a total of 4,390 farmers and 7,251.72 hectares of farmlands were affected by the food incidents in seven local government areas of the state.
The beneficiaries received yam, rice, maize, tomato, pepper and vegetable seedlings as well as plantain suckers and cassava stems.
“We are happy that the Federal Government decided to come to assist us in the post flood period knowing that the threat to farming is real,” Awogu stated.
The chairman, however said the people of the local council area would have been happier if the seedlings got to them earlier than now.
“We feel uncomfortable that these materials are coming now because we are about getting into harvesting period; but here we are receiving farm seedlings at a time when we are beginning to harvest,” he explained.
According to him, Ogbaru is a peculiar environment where farming season starts around November and ends in January.
He therefore urged the Federal Government to take into cognisance the different farming seasons in the country.