The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), on Friday, expressed worry that the continued attacks on rural dwellers across the state was causing shortage of food production.
Executive Secretary of SEMA, Dr Emmanuel Shior, who made the remark while addressing newsmen in Makurdi, also blamed the situation on hike in the prices of food items in markets within the state.
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Shior also said that the agency on Friday commenced another round of food distribution to eight official Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDPs) camps in the state and extended assistance to the other camps springing up in places such Gbajimba, Agasha, Agaigbe, Agatu amongst others as a result of continued attacks.
He stressed that it had not been easy for the state government alone to cater for the increasing numbers of the IDPs in addition to the 10,000 Cameroonian refugees in Kwande area of the state.
The SEMA boss further appreciated NEMA for working with SEMA to carry out an intervention targeting victims of the 2020 flood in the state as he pointed out that the move would greatly relieve affected farmers when the intervention materials to include fertiliser, herbicides and seedlings are distributed to them in the coming days.