Over 4,390 farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster in seven local government areas of Anambra have received seedlings from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
NEMA’s Supervisor for the project, Mrs Bolanle Ojo, who dropped the hint in Ogbaru, Anambra North local government area of the state, put the total hectares of farmland affected by the flood in the state at 7,251.72.
She listed the affected local government areas to include Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Orumba North, Awka North and Ihiala.
According to Ojo, the victims would receive yam, rice, maize, tomato, pepper and vegetable seedlings as well as plantain suckers and cassava stems.
She said, “Yam farmers will receive 10 baskets of 60 pieces of yam per hectare each while cassava farmers will get 40 bundles of cassava stems each.
“Rice and maize farmers will receive 40kg of seedlings per hectare, while pepper farmers will get 0.4kg of seedlings, tomato farmers, 0.6kg, vegetable farmers, 2kg and plantain farmers, 40 bulks of plantain suckers.”
The Supervisor further explained agro-chemicals and fertilizers would be distributed to the farmers at a later time.
“The Federal Government is doing this to support the farmers affected by the 2018 flood in the state because a lot of farm lands were washed away while destroying many crops.
“Although some farmers bounced back, government realized that it was difficult for smaller farmers to bounce back because they continued to count their losses.