SEMA Management Raises Alarm Over Looming Food Scarcity, Famine In Ekiti State
7 months ago
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Ahead of the next planting season, the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has raised the alarm that there might be shortage of food in the State with the rate at which fire has been ravaging food and cash crops across the 16 local government areas of the state.
The Chairman of the agency, Capt Sunday Adebomi (rtd), said the recent fire incident in the state had affected about nine local governments and rendered about 2400 farmers jobless, which he described as a bad omen for food production and supply.
Adebomi raised the fear on Monday while inspecting some cocoa, oil palm as well as food and cash crop plantations destroyed by inferno in Omuo and Omu, in Ekiti East and Oye Local Government Areas of the state respectively.
He lamented that food and cash crops predicted about five thousand hectares had been destroyed throughout the fire disaster and has affected the improvement of agriculture inside the country.
Adebomi noted that the improvement if not well checked would lead to famine later in the yr. He expressed optimism that the prevailing management in Ekiti State under the management of Dr Kayode Fayemi could do the whole thing to carry sucour to the farmers.
“Let me deliver the guarantee that the government might constantly do the whole thing to assure the safety of lives and belongings of farmers inside the state. So, don’t panic as government has concluded plans to empower them.
“I admonish our farmers to look the fire incident as a main task for them to do greater and embody mechanized farming, as authorities might do the whole lot to empower them.
“See this fire catastrophe as a undertaking in order to redouble your efforts and embrace planting of more meals crops. This is the fine flow that might further address the upcoming food shortage in admire of the fire disaster”.
Adebomi explained that arrangement has been concluded by way of the Ekiti State Government for a total reengineering of agricultural by using concerning key policymakers and youths to actively take part within the delopement of the rural region.
Speaking at the destruction, a seventy five-year-old guy and a retired civil servant in Ikota Omuo-Ekiti, who gave his name as Mr. Sunday Fajana, said he misplaced about 5 hectares of cocoa and oil palm plantation to the inferno.
He explained that, “the hearth incident which began at about 9pm destroyed all what I even have laboured for since I retired from the Ekiti civil provider. I appeal to government and public-lively individuals to help me financially”.
The Owajumu of Omu-Ekiti, Oye neighborhood government, Oba Ogundeji Adeyeye, lamented the incident, which he said has affected approximately 50 farmers in his network.
The conventional ruler appealed to the authorities as well as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aides of the people of the community as the fire has destroyed all agricultural merchandise in his network.