The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has provided and distributed agro-inputs to farmers in Bwari Area Council of FCT who are affected by erosion and flood in the district.
Christian Ohaa, the Permanent Secretary of the administration, made the distribution during the administration’s campaign against erosion in the district on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ohaa, who was represented by Dr Nkem Akanegbu, the Director, Agriculture Services of FCTA said that the inputs were to be distributed to farmers affected by erosion and flood to support to them and ensure they were back to business.
“Bwari is well known for its farming activities within the FCT, especially with yam production.
“Unfortunately, many of these farmers plant on flood prone areas and along erosion lines which are not good for production and must be avoided.
“This administration has therefore taken it upon itself to help address this situation by sensitising the farmers on prevention, control and management of their farmlands against the disaster.
“Our extension service workers have been trained and will come to address all farmers in the district on how to go about this, so we plead your indulgence.
“Affected farmers have already been identified by the council’s extension service workers and will continue with the distribution of the inputs to the farmers in the villages after the flag off today.”
Akanegbu advised farmers to obey instructions given by the extension workers, and cautioned them against selling or eating some of the inputs.
She explained that this was because the maize and beans seedlings were not edible and had been mixed with chemicals.
The inputs include maize and beans seedlings, cashew, orange and palm trees, chicks and feeds.
The Chairman of the council, John Gabaya thanked the administration for the gesture, adding that it was a laudable effort of government to plan for the needs of the rural people.
He said that the effort would not be forgotten by the people since it was first of its kind in the district.
Gabaya also called on the farmers to abide by the instructions given and ensure they gave the extension service workers all the support needed to make progress.
One of the farmers, Galadima Salisu, Sarkin Noma Kawu who spoke on behalf of the farmers, expressed appreciation to government for the effort.
While thanking the administration, he said that the supply would go a long way to address some of the challenges of farmers in the district