Makurdi — Benue State yesterday received 1,500 metric tons of assorted grains from the Federal Government as part of the efforts to mitigate the impact of flood on the agricultural sector. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina, at the flag off of distribution of relief items to flood affected families in Makurdi, said the release of the grains from the strategic grain reserve silos located in various places across the country was meant to avoid food crisis.
According to him, the state's share of 1,500 metric tons out of the 40,000 metric tons approved by the Federal Government for flood affected states in the country would help to strengthen the agrarian sector. "Farmlands have been washed away. Farmers have been displaced and their food security have been compromised. But let me assure you that the Federal Government is taking measures to mitigate the impact of the flood. We will not have food crisis, we will not have famine, we will recover from the flood", he said.
The minister, who was represented by the regional director of the ministry, Engr. Sunday Edibo, warned that the distributed grains which include maize and sorghum are distributed to flood affected farmers free of charge, stressing that anyone found selling the grains would be prosecuted.
Earlier, the state governor, Gabriel Suswam, who was represented by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Eugene Aliegba, commended the Federal Government for the initiative, assuring that the grains would be secured and equitably distributed.