The Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Adewumi Adesina, has announced that the federal government plans to encourage dry farming initiatives to provide food to flood affected areas in the country as part of its effort to enhance food security.
Dr Adewumi stated this when he flagged off the distribution of relief materials to flood victims in all the affected local government areas of Bauchi State in Kubdia village of Zaki Local Government Area of the state.
The minister who was represented by the Director of Agriculture in the Ministry, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, explained that under the programme, government would give one bag of rice seed and two bags of fertilizer to each registered farmer in the affected areas.
The minister further explained that the International Institutes for Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, has donated six metric tons of improved maize seeds to be distributed to the flood victims through the e-Wallet system all over the country.
Governor Isa Yuguda said the state government had conducted impact assessment of the flood in all the affected seventeen local government areas.
Yuguda who was represented by the state Commissioner for Special Duties Alhaji Bappah Azare said a committee for the distribution of N400 million donated by the federal government to flood victims will soon commence distribution of the money to the affected persons.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries the Galadiman Katagum district head of Zaki Alhaji Mahmud Usman thanked the federal government for the assistance and pledged that the items will reach the affected people.