The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of seedlings to 4,390 farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster in seven Local Government Areas of Anambra state.
Mrs Bolanle Ojo, NEMA Supervisor for the project, told newsmen on Monday at Ogbaru, that about 7,251.72 hectares of farmland was affected in the state.
Ojo said that the flood affected victims in Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Orumba North, Awka North and Ihiala Local Government Areas.
The supervisor said farmers affected by the flood in the state would receive yam, rice, maize, tomato, pepper and vegetable seedlings as well as plantain suckers and cassava stems.
According to her, yam farmers would receive 10 baskets of 60 pieces of yam per hectare each while cassava farmers would get 40 bundles of cassava stems each.
She said rice and maize farmers would receive 40kg of seedlings per hectare,=
While pepper farmers will get 0.4kg of seedlings, tomato farmers, 0.6kg, vegetable farmers, 2kg and plantain farmers, 40 bulks of plantain suckers.
Ojo explained that agro-chemicals and fertilizers would be distributed at a later time to the farmers.
The Federal Government is doing this to support the farmers affected by the 2018flood in the state because a lot of farm lands were washed away while destroying many crops.
Although, some farmers bounced back but government realized that it was difficult for smaller farmers to bounce back because they continued to count their losses.
The intervention therefore, is to prevent food shortage in the country, she stressed.
Ojo said the agency had earlier distributed seedlings in some local government areas but will be in Ogbaru for four days because of the huge population of those affected by the flood.
A beneficiary and rice farmer, Mrs Mary Uyanne, who received two bags of ric seedlings, expressed delight that the intervention came her way having experienced a great loss to the flood.
We were given two bags of rice to cultivate; my house, cassava and rice were all destroyed during the flood. I am happy that the Federal Government remembered us as a way to recover from the loss.
It is a relief and I pray God to continue to bless them so they can remain a source of blessing to us.
Also, Mr Lazarus Ani, the chairman of Rice Farmer Association, Odekpe in Ogbaru Local Government Area, said he had been experiencing challenges since the flood devastated his farm and belongings.
We have been gnashing our teeth and crying since the flood incident, but today, the Federal Government through NEMA has sent these relief materials to us.
We are now happy and hopeful that after cultivation of these seedlings, we will rejoice again during harvest.
But we still appeal for more things like chemicals and fertilizers to enable us treat our crops for good yields, Ani said.
The chairman also appealed for the construction of roads leading to some of =
The farmlands destroyed by the flood disaster.