The symbolic distribution of grains by the Kogi State Government is aimed at bridging the widening gap due to the depletion of farms by the recent flood.
The above statement was made by Capt. Idris Wada following the distribution of 1,500 metric tons of grains to those affected by the recent flood disaster in the state and other less privileged people, as part of efforts to give relief to them and enhance food security.
The State Deputy Governor, Architect Yomi Awoniyi, who presented the grains to representative of the 21 Local Government Areas in the State on behalf of the Governor, capt. Idris Wada, said the State was determined to tackle food shortage in the State.
He noted that 10,000 hectares of farmland has already been cultivated for drying season farming, said, Government is determined to avoid the impending food shortage.
The Deputy Governor thanked the Federal Government for allocating grains to the State, saying that appropriate committees have been put in place in each Local Government Area to ensure that the items get to the targeted beneficiaries.
Awoniyi disclosed that the State Government had embarked on the cultivation of 10,000 hectares of dry season rice farms as part of its post -flood agricultural recovery programme.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Femi Bolarin, said that with the aggressive food production drive by the State Government, there would not be food crisis in the State this year.
Representative of the Heads of the Local Governments affected by the flood disaster, Mr. David Oguh, said the response to the flood disaster by the Federal and Kogi State Government has been timely and progressive.