13 November 2012

Nigeria: FG Releases 40,000MT of Food, Distribute 4 Million Nuts to Farmers

As part of effort to support farmers in the flood affected states, the Federal Government has planned to release 40, 000 metric tons of food from the Strategic Grains Reserve to the affected families, other items include provision of free seedlings and fertilisers to affected farmers.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, revealed this during an emergency meeting with State Commissioners for Agriculture and Rural Development on the National Flood Recovery Food Production Programme in Abuja.

The Ministry has also distributed a total of four million nuts out of the nine million to private nursery operators in Nigeria even as it donated 36 million seedlings to private operators to invest in 240,000 hectares of land in Nigeria within three years.

He said: "The real issue is how we can compensate for the losses incurred. We have already put in place a flood recovery food production plan to support famers in the flood affected areas. As the flood recede, we will embark on the intervention. Mr. President has approved N9.7 billion for us to implement this plan.

"The plan has four components: first, we will release 40, 000 mt of food from the strategic grain reserve to the families directly affected by the floods. Secondly, we will provide free improved seeds and fertilizers to farmers that are directly affected as soon as the water recedes.

"Thirdly, in states that are affected by floods, but vast areas unaffected, we will give them improved seeds and fertilizers while the last group which are states that are not affected will also benefit from the free seeds and fertilizers but through the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme."

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