Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has flagged off the distribution of Farm Inputs provided by the FG to over 39,000 farmers affected by the 2020 flood in 19 LGAs.
Represented by the Executive Secretary, SEMA, Yusuf Sani Babura, the Governor said, the Federal Governmnent had provided various intervention to the State which included farm inputs assistance to farmers affected by the 2018 flooding with over 73,000 beneficiaries, Covid-19 palliative, among others.
He commended the Federal Government for the gesture and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the items given.
Earlier, the Chairman, Kiyawa Local Government Council, lhaji Nasiru Ahmad expressed appreciation for choosing Kiyawa to launch the exercise.
In his address, the Director General, NEMA, Mustapha Habibu through his representative, Ado Sanusi said, President Muhammad Buhari who was represented by the DG NEMA, Mustapha Habibu flagged off the distribution exercise for North-West zone in Kebbi State.
He said over 39,000 affected farmers will benefit from the exercise having carried out successful verification and enumeration in the 19 affected LGAs of the State.
He emphasized that, the intervention is not compensation for losses incurred but a demonstration of great concern by the President to support them.
He explained that, the distribution of the items is according to flood basket where farmer with losses on rice or maize farmland will each get the following:1bag of NPK fertilizer, 1litre of liquid fertilizer, 2 liter of herbicide, 1liter of pesticide ,12.5kg rice seed (rice farmer), 10kg maize seed (maize farmer) and one water pump to ten farmers. While farmer with losses on sorghum farmland will receive items like 1bag of NPK fertilizer,2liter of liquid fertilizer, 1liter of herbicide, 1liter of pesticide, 2kg sorghum seed and 1knapsack sprayer.
DG NEMA called on the stakeholders to fully partake and solicit the beneficiaries to display good attitude to ensure smooth and successful conduct of the exercise.
On his part, the District head of Kiyawa, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmad, on behalf of the other District heads in the Council pledged to draw the attention of the beneficiaries to use the items to support farming activity in the area.
One of the beneficiaries Safiyanu Ahmed Kiyawa expressed gratitude to President Muhammad Buhari, Governor Badaru, and NEMA for the items distributed.