The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has begun the distribution of seedlings to 4,390 farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster in seven Local Government Areas of Anambra.
Mrs Bolanle Ojo, NEMA’s Supervisor for the project, told Journalists that a total of 7,251.72 hectares of farmland was affected by flood in the state.
Ojo said that the victims affected by the flood were from Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Awka North and Ihiala Local Government Areas adding that they 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 fertilisers would also be distributed later to the farmers.
According to her, 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.
“Though, some farmers bounced back but government realised 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 explained.
Ojo said the agency had earlier distributed seedlings in some local government areas but would remain in Ogbaru for four days because of the huge population of those affected by the flood in the area.