Some farmers in Delta have lauded the Federal Government for providing agricultural materials to enable them recover from the 2020 flood disaster that ravaged properties and farmlands in the state.
The farmers gave the commendation on Thursday in Asaba, during the first phase of distribution of the items by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to farmers in Oshimili North and South Local Government Areas of the state.Items distributed included bags of fertilisers, water pumping machines and agro chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, maize and rice seedlings among.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the distribution was done in collaboration with Delta State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)Mrs Helen Ogbolu, one of the beneficiaries expressed pleasant surprise about the gesture by Federal Government and promised to make good use of the items.Ogbolu said, “We are saying may God bless you all for the efforts you put in place to make today a reality.”
Mr Wisdom Okafor, another beneficiary said ”It surprising because situations like this had come and at the end of the day nothing came out.”Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for the Bureau for Special Duties, Mr Johnbull Edema, explained that the exercise would be executed in phases due to the Coronavirus pandemic.He noted that the items would help to cushion the effects of the flood disaster.“We are going to do due diligence to them; for each and every one to get their own fair share,” he said.
NEMA Supervisor of Agricultural Interventions in Delta, Mr Dahiru Yusuf, noted the scheme was aimed at reviving the farmlands that were damaged by the 2020 flood disaster in the state and to boost food security in the nation.
Yusuf said the items were provided by the National Food Security Council through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management with NEMA as the executing agency. (NAN)