National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said the agency had started the distribution of relief materials to over 3,148 affected farmers during the 2018 flooding in the state.
Mr Ifeanyi Omeje, the supervisor of the distribution project in Edo, said this in a statement
Issued by Mr Akpofabe Joseph, the agency’s Information Officer in Port Harcourt.
Omeje said that the project was the initiative of the National Food Security Council in collaboration with Stakeholders for Transparency, an initiative of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration to ensure food security.
The initiative is also to reduce food shortage in the country and increase per capita income of the affected farmers in the country.
He said that the materials would be distributed across the three local government areas that were heavily affected, namely Etsako East, Etsako Central and Esan South-East.
The supervisor said that the first phase of the exercise started with the distribution of farm seedlings and agro-chemicals to Etsako Central LGA of the state.
Some of the seedlings and agro-chemicals worth millions of naira being distributed to beneficiaries include yam seedlings, rice, cassava, sprayers and different agro-chemicals.
Omeje advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the materials to improve their farming.
Chief John Musa, the Paramount Ruler of Osomogbe in Edo, who was also one of the beneficiaries, commended NEMA for the initiative, saying that the community had lost hope of getting any assistance from the government after the 2018 flooding.
Edited by Grace Yussuf