The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has distributed quick win agricultural inputs to 200 farmers in Gombe to cushion the effects of the flood.

Speaking at the handover of the inputs organized by the Horticulture division of the Federal Department of Agriculture of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Deputy Director Lord Banjou, who was represented by Chief Works Superintendent Temile Happy, said that this effort was oriented to improve the hardships of the farmers.

Distributed items include; 40 Tomato Starter Packs, 40 Onion Starter Packs, 20 Pollination Service Kits, 50 Hibiscus Starter Packs, and 50 Artemisia Starter Packs.

According to him, the 2022 flood has been listed as the worst in the nation’s history and was responsible for rising food prices in markets and food shortages, as well as causing malnutrition.

Our correspondent reports that no less than 332,327 farmland with crops were reportedly destroyed across the country by floods.

Banjou said that under the implementation strategy of this activity, the Ministry in collaboration with the Commodity Association and the FMARD State Offices generated the list of beneficiaries.

“In recognition and response to the plight of farmers, the Ministry procured some critical inputs for distribution to farmers as a rapid intervention strategy to improve the plight of farmers in flood-affected states. This program is being organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to mitigate the impact of the flood threat in Nigeria and improve the income and livelihood of farmers in the country, which is in line with the vision of NATIP,” he said. Banjou.

Also speaking, the State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Inuwa Mohammed, who was represented by Baba Gabriel, urged the beneficiaries to put the inputs to effective use.

Mohammed said the program is aimed at mitigating the impact of the flood threat.

He added: “This will supplement the losses suffered from the floods and bring another form of harvest so that there is no shortage of food. They have to make sure that the information they are given is put to good use.”

For his part, the president of the Gombe state chapter of the Hibiscus Farmers Association, Usman Adamu, said last season’s rains caused astronomical damage to his members, adding that they lost their farmland with the crops due to to floods.

Adamu said: “We are going to use it when it starts to rain, you know it is the dry season now. But it will go a long way to complement last year’s losses.”