The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adeshina, has given the assurance that the country will not experience any food shortage next year as a result of the flood ravaging the country as he plans flood insurance for all farmers. The Minister announced plans to setup a flood recovery food programme to accelerate food production across the affected states.
About 20 states are currently experiencing devastating flood disaster that has washed away acres of land, mostly in the nation’s food basket region such as Benue and Taraba state.
As part of measures to protect the country against drought and greater loss in the future, Dr Adeshina promised to work with international partners to put in place flood insurance for all farmers across the country.
A lot of fears have being expressed of an impending food crisis owing to the huge farmlands wiped away by floods in many states but the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Adewunmi Adeshina assured that several measures have been put in place to avert such.
According to the Minister, all the flood water will not waste away, but will be judiciously used during the dry season, as he declared that 1,000 pumps will be distributed to farmers.