FCTA sensitize, distributes seedlings to farmers
As part of measures to mitigate the effect of flooding and erosion, the FCT Administration has flagged off the sensitization and distribution of improved seedlings to farmers affected by the disaster in some area councils of the Territory.
The FCTA through its Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat, ARDS, initiated the intervention scheme mainly for 3,000 farmers in 21 communities affected by the flooding and erosion in Abaji, Kwali and Kuje Area Councils respectively.
Flagging off the exercise, ARDS Secretary, Stanley Nzekwe, said the initiative was part of the rebuilding effort as recommended by a committee, which moved into the affected areas, and assessed the scale of damage caused by the flooding.
Nzekwe, who was represented by Director, FCT Agriculture Development Project, ADP, Mr. Musa Doma, revealed that to ensure the effectiveness of the intervention to affected farmers the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello approved assorted farm inputs for immediate distribution to farmers in some selected communities.
He recalled that as a result of the devastating magnitude of the incidence, many of hard working farmers in those communities completely lost their crops and source of livelihood, thereby debilitating their abilities to cater for needs and their families.