Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

Abuja flood: FCTA doles out N150m to affected farmers

As part of measures to cushion the effect of flooding and erosion in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has commenced the distribution of agro-allied inputs worth over N150 million to farmers in the six area councils affected by recent flooding in the nation's capital. 

FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, who said this while flagging off distribution of agro-allied inputs to FCT farmers in Kuje Area Council, last week, added that rice, cowpea, cashew, and oil palm seedlings have been procured, as well as poultry inputs such as chicks and feeds. 

Ohaa noted that: "It is our hope that this intervention will go a long way in alleviating the pains that farmers have gone through and enable them go back to the farm with improved skills and prepare in prevention, control and management of flood". 

Warning farmers against engaging in agricultural activities without recourse to proper environmental assessment, the permanent secretary stressed the need for farmers to observe basic practices that could help to minimize the effect of flooding, especially farm land on river banks, even as he enjoined them to avoid any form of construction that would impede the flow of water. 

Some of the best farming practices include planting of cover crops such as legumes or vertical grasses and allowing crop residues to remain on the soil instead of removing them after harvest. 

He therefore reiterated commitment of the FCT Administration to implement innovative strategies to support the growth of the agricultural sector in line with the policy thrust of the federal government to revitalise agriculture in the country. 

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. James Samaila, thanked the FCTA for the intervention, saying it would go a long way to facilitate their quick return to farms, which would boost farm production in the FCT. 

Samaila assured that FCT farmers would do everything possible to avoid engaging in any activity that would cause or trigger flooding in the territory. 

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