The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with the Edo Government has inaugurated its Emergency Agricultural Intervention Programme in three local government areas of Edo.
The three LGAs include Esan South East, Estako East, and Estako Central Local Government Areas.
Mr Christian Omeje, Edo team Supervisor of the NEMA programme, said in Benin that the intervention was to provide farmers whose farmlands were devastated by the 2018 flood disaster, with farm inputs.
Omeje said the programme was ongoing simultaneously in states affected by the 2018 flood disaster to prevent food shortage in the country.
“The first stage of the programme has commenced in Etsako East and will be extended to Etsako Central and Esan South East LGAs.
“The second phase is the distribution of farm inputs such as agrochemicals and seedlings to the captured farmers,” Omeje said.
While commending the Federal Government for the initiative, Special Adviser to Edo Governor on Special Duties, Yakubu Gowon, assured government of a transparent process.
“A lot of farmlands in three councils of the state were destroyed by the flood disaster. We see this NEMA Agricultural Programme as a food security initiative and we will ensure it succeeds.” he said.
Alhaji Aremiyau Momoh, Chairman, Estako East Council, commended the state and federal governments for always coming to their rescue during distressing times.
“We commend the cooperation between the state government and federal government in ensuring the victims of the 2018 flood disaster are given succour.
“The Agricultural initiative is laudable and will increase food production in the state,” he said.
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