President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that succour is on the way for farmers negatively impacted by the excessive rains of this year.

In a message to Farmers’ Day 2018 held Saturday at Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, and organized by Nigeria AGIP Oil Company for farmers in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Imo States, the President stated:

"Two weeks ago, the National Food Security Council met and we approved a compensation package for all flood impacted farmers and fishermen. I want to assure all flood affected farmers and fishermen that you will be helped.

This government is with you in your time of need. As I speak to you now, the modalities for this compensation programme are being finalized and very soon, we shall start implementation."

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President Buhari commended the theme for the Farmers’ Day, which is, Youths, Agents of Agricultural Development in the Niger Delta, noting that farming is the bedrock of the Nigerian economy. "Our future economic prosperity hinges to a large extent on how we modernize and expand our agriculture," he added.

Underscoring the place of youths in developing agriculture, President Buhari said:

"Youths account for some 62% of our population. This group, full of energy and drive, are the catalyst that will steer Nigeria in the direction that will make us realize our full potential."