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query_builder May 9, 2019 17:01:17


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 disasters.

This is aimed at strengthening the National Food Security Council under the Chairmanship of President Muhammad Buhari.

In order to facilitate this, the president approved the establishment of ``Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund (EAIF)’’ and associated structure to address the problem.

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 flood disasters.

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 number.

Permanent Secretary, Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Dr Emenike Ezinando urged SEMA and ADP members to come together and write to the presidency through Gov. Willie Obiano.

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)