The Federal Government will aggressively pursue dry season farming to make up for the losses incurred from the flood disaster, Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, has said.
According to a press release signed by the Director of Information in the ministry of agric, Na'inna Danbatta, the minister said this in Wushishi while on tour of places affected by flood in Kwara and Niger states.
"While we sympathize with farmers in the flood affected areas, I want to assure them that we will do everything possible to make up for lost harvest through an aggressive food production plan for the dry season. We will not abandon farmers," the statement said.
He promised to make available the early-maturing, high-yielding maize seeds that will mature within 60 days of planting to farmers.
The statement read in part, "Moved by what he saw of the devastation caused by the floods on rice, maize and banana crops along the banks of River Kaduna, which passed through 15 local government areas of the state, Adesina said that the federal government was concerned about the plight of the victims of the flood and would do everything possible to mitigate the devastation it caused."
The statement added that the federal government would help the government of Niger state to deal with the problem and help the farmers recover from the devastating impact of the flooding on their crops.