The Program Manager Abia ADP Hon Chief Amanze Israel has called of Federal and state governments in Nigeria to to urgent steps to put flood control infrastructures in place to avert a repeat of the flood disaster that ravaged the country this year.
The Program Manager said that Nigerian citizens should not be allowed to go through the type of monumental losses they suffered this year again given our vast endowment with natural resources and intelligent manpower who can predict climate changes and designs and build adequate mitigational facilities.
Chief Amanze Israel made the call while flagging of a Training on strengthening recovery and resilience to climate disaster through the public extension workers and farmers’ with special focus to agro forestry held at Abia ADP on the 1st December,2022 organized by the Federal Ministry Of Agriculture and Rural Development Extension department in collaboration with Abia ADP Umuahia. He thanked the state government of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for granting the Abia ADP the enabling environment to cultivate a robust relationship and collaboration that has benefited Abia Extension workers and farmers with valuable trainings and empowerments.
Speaking the Permanent Secretary FMARD Dr. Earnest Umakkihe ably represented by the Abia State Coordinator Fmard Mr. Aloysius Mba expressed gratitude to the federal government which has through the department of agriculture extension Services Fmard continued to grease the relationship between the agric extension agent and farmers noting that within the year the department had organised several trainings that involved the extension agent and farmers. He said that the training on strengthening recovery and resilience to climate disaster through the public extension workers and farmers’training was timely going by the havoc that flood raked on farmers and farm lands this year. The training which focused attention on agroforestry was for the participants to brainstorm and see the need and importance of integrating crop farming, tree planting and livestock farming in one farmland as a means of not only mitigating against climate disasters such as flooding but for the benefit of the ecosystem. He urged the participants; the extension agent to take the training serious and ensure that the gains of the training is sustained by dissemination of same to wide range of farmers in the state.