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Farmers get N27.5bn NEMA’s agric intervention fund

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Farmers across the country are to benefit from the National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) N27.5bn Agricultural Intervention fund.

According to the Head of NEMA Operations office in Sokoto, Dr. Kofoworola Soleye, the massive intervention exercise was further to the implementation of the National Emergency Agricultural Intervention fund under the National Food Security Programme of the federal government for farmers affected by flood and security challenges across Nigeria.

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He said the agency has already begun the intervention with enumeration which was still ongoing in identified states affected by the 2018 flood which devastated farmlands.

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Dr. Soleye stated that the affected farmers in about nine local government areas of Kebbi state were already presented with identification slips during the enumeration exercises which would be used for collection of the agro-relief intervention.

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Speaking on the intervention exercise, the Chairman, Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji  Sani Dododo, expressed the state’s appreciation to the federal government and commended NEMA for being diligent in reaching out directly to the farmers whose farms were destroyed by the 2018 flood.

It would be recalled that the federal government after the  Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting on 20th March, 2019 disclosed that the sum of N27.5n had been approved for special intervention to assist farmers with inputs such as fertilizers, seedlings and agro chemical products in 18 identified states in the country.

The head of NEMA operation in Sokoto said enumeration and profiling of the targeted beneficiaries was being conducted by NEMA, SEMA and Agriculture Extension Services.

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