The Federal Government via its Agricultural Inputs Intervention Programme has released inputs to affected 2,463 flood victims in the year 2020 to cushion the effect of the disaster.
The disclosure was made by the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Ahmed in Asero, Abeokuta, during the flag-off distribution of the inputs.
The items included herbicides, pesticides, growth enhancers, rice, yam seedlings, water pump, knapsack sprayer of and NPK fertilizers.
According to the NEMA Boss, the distribution was in fulfillment of the government’s commitment to assist farmers whose crops were destroyed as a result of the incident.
Ahmed said that Ogun state was chosen as the pilot State in the Southwest, due to its strides in agriculture and other sectors of the economy.
He further noted that the development would transform the beneficiaries’ production into sustainable business ventures, urging them to make good use of the inputs.
On his part, State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Barr. Femi Ogunbanwo said the State government had made rigorous effort to ensure that victims of any disaster receive prompt attention, assuring that they would sustain the cordial relationship existing between the government and NEMA.
He added that all forms of agricultural engagement would be strengthened, urging the beneficiaries to maximally utilise the inputs to improve food sufficiency.
Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mr. Adeniyi Odegbaroye described the support from both the Federal and State Governments as encouraging.
He assured that the farmers would make judicious use of the items to boost food production.
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