By Chinyere Nwoye
Awka, Oct. 13, 2021 (MOI) Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in partnership with Anambra State Emergency Agency (SEMA) has distributed agricultural seedlings to farmers affected by the 2020 flood in Anambra State.
The exercise had beneficiaries who were drawn from six Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state: Ihiala, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Awka North, Anambra East, and Anambra West.
Some of the items distributed to the farmers include pesticides, pumping machines, rice, and yam seedlings.
Distributing the items at the Father Joseph’s Secondary School, Aguleri, NEMA Supervisor, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Onyia said the Emergency Intervention Agricultural Programme was approved by the FG to cushion the harsh effects of the 2020 flood disaster that adversely affected various farmers in the state.
“NEMA has received approval as the Implementing agency together with Federal and State Ministries of Agriculture, for the implementation of Emergency Agricultural Intervention fund, given to farmers of 2020 flood victims.
“The farm inputs are to encourage and support farmers affected by the disaster.
“The collaboration with SEMA, Federal and State Ministries of Agriculture is to ensure that the items provided get to farmers in the six selected LGAs in the state.
“Earlier, we visited and enumerated those farmers. We hope that this succor will ameliorate their suffering and help them in the next farming season,’’ Onyia said.
The Executive Secretary, SEMA, noted that the intervention items were not sufficient for the affected farmers but applauded the FG for its continued magnanimity.
“Not every farmer was enumerated due to the limitation of allocated numbers. We were able to enumerate about 3600 farmers in Anambra East LGA.
“We want to manage these items to ensure it gets to every farmer as no fewer than 4,000 farmers in Aguleri showed up during enumeration, as against those affected in Anambra East LGA.
“It is not sufficient to compare with their loss, but it is to compensate them; enjoining them to use it judiciously to enhance food security.’’
Chief Paul Odenigbo was represented by SEMA’s Director, Mr. Chukwudi Onyejekwe.
One of the farmers, a Traditional Prime Minister of Oba-Ofemili Community, Chief Anaero Nwanegbo, commended the federal and state governments for the Intervention.
Nwanegbo observed how their property and farm produce was ravaged by the flood in 2020, and the adverse impact it had on their productivity in the community.
While confirming the enumeration exercise conducted months ago, the Traditional Prime Minister noted that some people were displaced as a result of the flood which consequently led to hunger and suffering, especially among the aged people.
He, however, promised to make judicious use of the items, while calling on the government to provide a permanent solution to the problem to avoid future flooding menace. (MOI)