Flood: Jigawa farmers hail FG on provision of relief materials

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Some farmers affected by the 2018 flood in Jigawa state, Norther Nigeria have commended the Federal Government for providing them with relief materials to assist them return to their farms.

Already, 50,000 of the victims had been assisted with residual seedlings and assorted fertiser and the remaining 73,000 victims have started receiving support from the government.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) began the distribution of the relief materials on June 4, in Ringim Local Government Area of the state.

The relief materials being distributed under the Federal Government Emergency Agricultural Intervention to states affected by flood and conflict in 2018, include agrochemicals, seeds, fertilizer and knapsack sprayers.

A beneficiary, Mallam Magaji Garba, who applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the gesture, noted that the items came at the right time when farmers were in need of them.

Another beneficiary, Malam Inusa Magaji, thanked the government, NEMA and the state emergency management agency for the intervention, saying that it would go a long way in boosting agricultural production.

Garzali Sani, also a beneficiary, commended the federal government for coming to their aid.

Mr Saad Bello, NEMA’s distribution team leader in the state, said all affected farmers would receive the materials.

“This intervention is meant to assist farmers affected by the flood of 2018 in the country, including Jigawa.

“NEMA has commenced the distribution of the relief items to 73,000 affected farmers in 19 local government areas of Jigawa that have been enumerated to benefit from intervention.

“We started the distribution here in Ringim LGA because the flood began there in 2018.

“A basket of the relief materials comprises farm inputs which include seedlings, fertilizers, sprayers and agrochemicals and are being given to each of the beneficiaries, depending on hectares he lost to the flood.

“We have also warned them not to sell any of the items so as to achieve the desired goal of assisting them to go back to farm as soon as possible,” Bello explained.

It would be recalled that over 120,000 farmers were affected by flood in 19 local government areas of the state in 2018.

Peace PIAK