2020 Flood: NEMA distributes agro-inputs to 4,365 farmers in Rivers

  National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has on Friday distributed agro-inputs to 4,365 farmers affected by 2020 flood in 21 Local Government Areas of Rivers.

NEMA Zonal Coordinator, South-South, Mr Godwin Tepikor told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that agro-inputs were distributed as his agency’s intervention.

Tepikor urged beneficiaries from Port Harcourt City Local Government Area to make use of agro-inputs judiciously for the benefit of the society.

He said that distribution of agro-inputs was in fulfilment of verification and enumeration exercise of farmers affected by the 2020 flood in Rivers.

“We are here in Port Harcourt City Local Government Council to distribute directly, agro-inputs to farmers.

“We recall that in June 2021 our were in field to carry out enumeration and verification of farmers; so distribution today is an outcome of that exercise,’’ he said.

Tepikor disclosed that every rice farmer was entitled to one 12.5kg of rice seed, two litres of herbicides, 50kg of fertiliser and one litre each of pesticide and growth enhancer.

“For maize farmers, each will go home with one bag of 10kg maize seed, one 50kg of fertiliser, one litre of pesticide, two litres each of herbicides and growth enhancer.

“Again, for yam farmers, it is one litre of herbicides, one growth enhancer and one knapsack sprayer,’’ he said.

Zonal Coordinator pleaded for improved relationship between NEMA and Rivers government.

The Mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Mr Ihunda Allwell, represented by the Deputy Mayor, Mrs Tamumotonye Douglas, commended the Federal Government, through NEMA, for distributing the agro-inputs to the flood affected farmers.

“This is a show of love to the farmers, and I urge the beneficiaries to use what NEMA has provided for them judiciously, to fight at least level of hunger,’’ he said.

The Mayor acknowledged that NEMA had consulted with the LGA to establish those farmers that were affected.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Chioma Ihunda, a farmer from Orogbum community, thanked NEMA for helping them with the agro-inputs. (NAN)