By Saka Bolaji – Minna.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has flag-off distribution of farm inputs to 32,557 farmers affected by 2020 flood disasters in Niger State.
Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, Flagg-off the distribution of the farm inputs to farmers in the North Central senatorial district in on Thursday in Minna
He explained that the decision of the agency to hold the Flagg-off ceremony in Niger state was because the state was among the worst hit states during the 2020 flood disasters.
“You will recall that during the 2020 flood disaster, NEMA staff were deployed to the field including to communities in Niger state affected by flood and other secondary hazards to undertake damage and loss assessment in collaboration with the Niger State Emergency Management Agency ” he said.
Ahmed said a total of 32, 557 farmers were verified and were slated to benefit from the federal government agricultural inputs intervention for Niger state.
He listed the items to include; Herbicides 81, 390 litres, pesticides 48, 834 litres, Growth Enhancer 68, 944 litres, Rice 12.5kg 16, 278 bags, Maize 10kg,16, 278 bags.
Others were water pump 2, 252 units, Sprayers 8, 139 units, NPK fertilizers 50kg, 22, 450 bags and Cowpea 10 kg ,16, 278 bags.
He added “in addition to the enumerated inputs, six trucks conveying 5, 007 bags of 50kg NPK 20-10-10 fertilizer would be added as balance to the state.”
The director general however, lauded the doggedness and unflinching commitment of President of Muhammadu Buhari, for placing priority and supporting small scale farmers.
According to him, the unprecedented green revolution ignited by the President had no doubt spread across the nukes and crannies of the country as Nigerians were no longer under the illusion of consuming imported food.
In his remarks, Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the gesture to give farmers the needed support in the state.
Bello, who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, said the state government would set up a committee as mechanism to monitor beneficiaries farmers to ensure they judiciously utilised the farm inputs.
Also, Director General of the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, commen ded the Federal Government for the intervention which would help to address issues of food security and complement State Government’s efforts.
It was observed that the Director General and his team had earlier paid a courtesy visit call on the State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by his deputy,Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso at the government house before flagging the distribution of farm which had in attendance top government officials and traditional lenders.