The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has assured Kebbi State flood victims Federal Government intervention to alleviate the scourge caused by flooding in the State.
Alhaji Nanono gave the assurance on Saturday during his courtesy visit to the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera in Kebbi State.
Alhaji Nanono who was
in company of Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu and some Federal and State Government officials explained that the visit is to sympathize with flood victims across the state.
The Minister added that the Federal Government was concerned with massive flooding disaster in the state and other part of the country saying that he is in the state to carefully ascertain the degree of damages caused by the flood.
He encouraged the Farmers not to lose hope, assuring that effort will be made by the Federal Government to provide seeds of maize rice and other food crops including those who have lost they are livestocks.
Nanono said that Governor Bagudu has contributed immensely towards food security in the country insisting that the state had a positive effect on food security in the country.
On his part, Governor Atiku Bagudu said “being on a downward slope, the state received the brunt of release of water from Goronyo and Bakalori dams upstream and River Niger by authorities of Republic of Niger.”
Bagudu lamented that farmers lost farmlands, crops, animals and fishing ponds and commended the farmers for their resilience and perseverence.
He expressed appreciation to minister, the CBN and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) for coming to the state to sympathise with its people.
The Governor affirmed the commitment of his administration to offering the victims the necessary moral and material support to replant.
On his part, the Emir of Argungu, Samaila Mera appreciated Alhaji Nanono and Governor, Atiku Bagudu for their show of love and concern and for rapid support from the Federal Government to mitigate the lost.
Also, the Chairman of Wheat Farmers Association, Alhaji Abdullahi Argungu, said that the entire Fadama rice fields in the state was submerged by the flood.
”90 per cent of the farmlands have been submerged by the floods. Farmers made the largest replanting of rice ever recorded in the state before flood water washed everything,” he said.
Argungu appealed to the federal government and authorities concerned to provide the farmers with improved seeds of maize , cassava, potatoes and other varieties immediately for planting.