The Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in partnership with the Anambra State Emergency Agency (SEMA) has distributed agricultural seedlings to farmers affected by the 2020 flood in Anambra State.
The exercise had beneficiaries drawn from six local government areas of Ihiala, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Awka North, Anambra East and Anambra West. Some of the items distributed were pesticides, pumping machines, rice and yam seedlings. Distributing the items at the Father Joseph’s Secondary School, Aguleri, NEMA Supervisor in the state, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Onyia said the Emergency Intervention Agricultural Programme was approved by the federal government to cushion the effects of the 2020 flood disaster which affected 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 the 2020 flood victims. “The farm inputs is to encourage and support farmers affected by the flood disaster.
The collaboration with SEMA, federal and states Ministries of agriculture is to ensure that the items provided get to farmers in the six captured local government areas in the state. Earlier, we visited and enumerated those farmers. We hope that this succor will ameliorate their sufferings and help them in the next farming season,” Onyia said. Executive Secretary, SEMA, Mr. Paul Odenigbo represented by SEMA’s Director, Mr. Chukwudi Onyejekwe, while noting that the intervention items were not sufficient for the affected farmers, applauded the federal government for its magnanimity. “Not every farmer was enumerated due to the limitation of allocated numbers. We were able to enumerate about 3, 600 farmers in Anambra East Local Government Area.
“We want to manage these items to ensure it gets to every farmer as about 4, 000 farmers in Aguleri showed up during enumeration, as against those affected in Anambra East Local Government Area. It is not sufficient to compare with their loss, but it is to compensate them,” Onyejekwe said. He advised the beneficiary farmers to use the items judiciously to enhance food security. One of the farmers, who is also the traditional Prime Minister of Oba-Ofemili community, Chief Anaero Nwanegbo commended the federal and state governments for their intervention.