The Minister for Agriculture and Social Development, Dr. Akiyomi Adesina, disclosed that the federal government, through the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has initiated national flood recovery and food production initiative for dry season farming.
He said this is aimed at meeting the immediate food need of the areas affected by the flood, adding that “each farmer will be given two 50kl of fertilizer and one 50kl of a bag of rice seed free of charge.
“The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan has also donated 6 metric tonnes of improved maize to farmers in the state for planting. The distribution is to be carried out through the GS system based on validated list of registered farmers received from the state.”
The minister further explained that “as a preamble to this laudable initiative to provide succour to the flood victims, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has allocated 1200 metric tonnes of maize and sorghum to be distributed to flood victims across Bauchi state.”
He revealed that the fertilizer and blending materials will be distributed to registered farmers in the flood affected areas in no distant time, adding that the federal government is taking all necessary measures to bring succour to the flood victims.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry for Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammad Yusuf, during the flag off of the distribution of relief materials for the flood disaster victims for seven local governments in Bauchi state at Gamawa local government area of the state, explained that the flood disaster has posed a great challenge on food security in the affected state.