Ondo State Government has expressed appreciation to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the distribution of relief materials to farmers affected by flood last year.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture and Agricbusiness, Pastor Akin Olotu expressed the gratitude at the event of distribution of the inputs to the affected farmers.
The captured farmers were drawn from Akure North and Akure South.
Some of the inputs distributed are; Water pumps, herbicides fertiliser and growth enhancers among others.
Olotu said the inputs would cushion the effect and impact of the flood on the farmers.
Olotu, who is also the the Chairman of Ondo State Agricbusiness Empowerment Centre (OSAEC) noted that farmers lost not less than N200 -N300 million to the disaster.
“This will be the first time that we are having something like this, the genesis of this programme has to do with flood that affected Fadama Farmers that planted rice in 2019/2020 and the serious challenges they had.
“We wrote to NEMA to complain about the flood and relief for farmers, we couldn’t get anything that year and they were able to do something for us. This is only covering two local government;Akure South and Akure North.
“This is indeed a wonderful occasion, at least, relief has come at last for those who were victims of the flood that took place last year,” he said.
Olotu also appreciated the farmers for their patience and belief in the process.
Earlier, the Director General of NEMA, Dr Ahmed Habib said the inputs would be distributed to 1331 famers affected by flood and captured by the agency.
Ahmed, who was represented by the Director of Operations, Ekiti Office, Mr Olusegun Afolayan, said the gesture, which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, was to bring the farmers back to the mainstream.
According to the D-G, those who were mostly affected are; Maize, Rice and Cassava farmers and believes it will go a long way to assist them.
Ahmed said the the federal government was not slow to respond, but rather was delayed due to several factors like climate change and the global economic effect of covid-19 pandemic last year.
“We are here in fulfilment of Mr president’s approval for Agricultural inputs for victims of famers that were affected by flood in 2020 flood disasters;
Maize farmers, Rice farmers and Yam farmers.
“This morning, as a day of fulfilment for the beneficiaries to take the farm inputs, so as to assist them in replanting and coming back to the mainstreams of the crops they have planted, and t be able to have a good harvest,” he said.
“The total beneficiaries are 1,331 farmers. The figure is based on numbers of farmers enumerated. The items if to cushion the effect of the disaster.