President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off distribution of Emergency Agricultural Inputs to 382 208 farmers affected by the 2020 flood nationwide.
The inputs were approved by the National Food Security Council chaired by the President following detailed reports of devastation caused by the flood after joint assessment conducted by the National Emergency Management Agency and other stakeholders that indicated severe damages on crops and farmlands across the country in 2020.
Flagging off the distribution in Birnin Kebbi, the President who was represented by the Governor of Kebbi State Alhaji Abubaker Atiku Bagudu said the emergency agriculture intervention was additional supports by the Federal Government aimed at mitigating the impacts of the 2020 flood after the initial relief assistance that were earlier provided to the affected persons across the states.
Furthermore, he said that the inputs would encourage farmers to engage in more farming activities towards increased food production and noted with satisfaction the inclusion of insurance cover for the intervention through the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation.
He commended the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for being proactive in disaster management especially the areas of promoting risk reduction and timely intervention to disaster situations.