ANAMBRA State Government has commiserated with farmers in Anambra East and West Local Government Areas, who were affected by flood as it donated bags of rice, cartons of noodles, bar soaps, gallons of vegetable oil, garri, and bags of fertiliser.
While presenting the items to victims at the Umueri General Hospital, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing and Export, Afam Mbanefo, noted that Governor Willie Obiano mandated the ministry to reach out and assist the victims in every way they can.
“We are saddened that the flood came in such magnitude thus affecting your farms. As the governor directed, we contacted IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) and VCDP (Value Chain Development Programme), we also contacted FADAMA and they provided some of these items.
We will intervene with 250 hectares of land for 250 farmers, so as soon as the flood recedes, we urge you to go back to your farms.”
Commissioner Mbanefo thanked the monarch of Umueri, Igwe Ben Emeka, who he said, kept in touch with the ministry and made sure government visited the flood scenes.
Speaking also, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC) of IFAD/VCDP, Nnamdi Agwuncha, bemoaned loss of farmlands to flood in the area, adding that in due time, the ministry will return to give rice seedlings to farmers to help them start off again.
“IFAD/VCDP is all about poverty alleviation and this natural disaster almost took them back to poverty that’s why we are here to intervene with food items. They will get rice seedlings, cassava stems and fertilizer for them to go back to the farms as soon as the flood recedes.
The good thing is that most of these farmers are insured so they will get all the relief they can.” He concluded.
On his part, Igwe Emeka thanked the state government for its intervention and urged the farmers to evenly distribute the items.