The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said that 16,059 farmers in nine local government areas of Kogi State will benefit from its Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund, EAIF.
The NEMA Team Leader for EAIF in Kogi State, Oluwatope Ajayi, made this known to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday, saying that the beneficiaries were farmers affected by the 2018 flood.
He said that the victims hailed from Bassa, Ibaji, Lokoja, Idah, Kogi, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Igalamela and Omala local government areas of the state.
According to him, NEMA is embarking on the intervention, in line with the directive of the National Food Security Council, under the chairmanship of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Under the EAIF, Mr Ajayi said that the farmers would receive grants in form of inputs such as Fertiliser, Seeds and Agro-chemicals.
He said that his team which arrived in Kogi state since April 15 had begun the verification of all farmers pencilled to benefit from the special grant.
Mr Ajayi commended the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade, and the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Kehinde Oloruntoba, for the support given to the team.
He said that the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, the Agricultural Development Project, ADP, and the State Ministry of Agriculture were working with the team to ensure a successful exercise.