10 February 2007

Somalia: ICRC Distributes Staple Seeds to Farmers Recovering Last Year's Flood in Lower Shabelle Region.

Mogadishu — The international committee of the Red Cross has distributed staple seeds to 5,300 families in lower Shabelle region who are now recovering from severe floods in the area last year as confirmed to Shabelle Radio by locals in Kurtunwarey and Sablaale districts which are situated in the further south of agricultural rich province of lower Shabelle region in South Somalia.

These farming families were badly affected by floods, which hit southern Somalia late last year.

Floodwaters have already receded and farmers need to cultivate their land so ICRC have reached out them with stable seeds to grow their crops, said Salaad Ali Kofi a local elder in Kurtunwarey district who spoke to Shabelle Media Network while staying in that district.

The staple seeds dispensed to the farming communities in villages like Garawlaay, Afgooye yarey, Sheikh banaaney, Buulo warbo and muruqmaal included maize, beans, and sesame.

Xaawo Muse Abdi, 45 years old farmer in Sablaale district told Shabelle that she could now expect to support her six children as she got the seeds to grow in her farm.

"I am definitely happy that ICRC has come to our survival once more, this time giving us the seeds to grow on our farms. It was last year when ICRC came on helping us while we were hanging on trees after floods submerged our farms and homes so we are grateful to the international committee of the Red Cross" said gladly this single mother who is a farmer living in Sablaale district.

It is not only these two districts of Kurtunwarey and Sablaale where the ICRC distributed staple seeds.

The relief agency also dispensed seeds to farmers in other districts in Lower Shabelle Region.

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