By Chinyere Nwankwo
Awka, May 8, 2019
(MOI) National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has developed a new
intervention mechanism to support farmers affected by 2018 devastating flood
This is aimed at strengthening
the National Food Security Council under the Chairmanship of President Muhammad
In order to
facilitate this, the president approved the establishment of ``Emergency
Agricultural Intervention Fund (EAIF)’’ and associated structure to address the
Mrs Bolanle Ojo, NEMA
Team Leader from Abuja for the intervention programme, made this known while
addressing the Flood Committee at SEMA office at Agu-Awka.
Mrs Ojo said that 18
states including Anambra were identified as having been affected by the 2018
According to her
4,636 farmers from seven flood-prone areas of the state will benefit, noting
that the assistance will be administered directly to affected farmers.
The assistance would
be grants in form of inputs like fertilizers, seedlings and agro chemicals
based on established and harmonised database in the agency.
The local government
areas to benefit are Ogbaru 1,641 farmers; Anambra East 1,160; Anambra West
1,305, Ayamelum 140, Awka North 299, Orumba North 94 and Ihiala 17.
Welcoming the team,
Executive Director, Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr CY
Agupugo expressed displeasure at poor turnout of affected farmers as against
the list submitted.
Agupugo said that the
margin was too high, that ADP and SEMA worked together to forward no fewer than
40,827 names of affected farmers with their phone numbers.
In respect of the
team that came for enumeration, only 4,636 farmers were recorded of the total
Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Dr Emenike Ezinando urged SEMA and
ADP members to come together and write to the presidency through Gov. Willie
The letter according
to him, should be addressed to the President, ``since he is the chairman of the
committee funding the programme’’.
The meeting had in
attendance Executive Secretary (SEMA), Chief Paul Odenigbo, Executive Director
(SEMA), Mr Agupugo, Permanent Secretary (ADP), Dr Ezinando, NEMA officials and
the Team Leader Mrs Ojo. (MOI)