Su­per­nova, Arewa Cot­ton to be­gin pro­duc­tion in Taraba

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Jalingo

Su­per­nova Global In­vest­ment, an agro-chemical com­pany, has se­cured part­ner­ship with the Arewa Cot­ton Limited for the pro­duc­tion of cot­ton in Taraba State.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Com­pany, Bar­ris­ter Sani Marke, who said this in an in­ter­view, noted that the pi­lot project will start in Jalingo, Lau, KarimLa­mindo, Bali, Gas­sol and Ardo-Kola lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of the state.

“Apart from of­fer­ing agric sup­port ser­vices, we have en­tered into agree­ment with Arewa Cot­ton Limited, a well known com­pany that is into cul­ti­va­tion and ex­por­ta­tion of cot­ton, for the cul­ti­va­tion of cot­ton here in the state,” he said.

The prob­lem farm­ers en­coun­tered was that there were no buy­ers when the tex­tile in­dus­tries col­lapsed and other com­pa­nies that were into the busi­ness left Nigeria for other coun­tries due to high cost of do­ing busi­ness in the coun­try.

He added: “The good news, how­ever, is that good times are here again. For ev­ery farmer who wishes to farm cot­ton, Su­per­nova, in con­junc­tion with Arewa Cot­ton, is ready to buy all that farm­ers would pro­duce.

“We in­tend to en­cour­age farm­ers by giv­ing them in­puts such as seedlings, fer­tilis­ers, agro chem­i­cals and even trac­tors. Any farmer who has a piece of land and wants to farm cot­ton will be pro­vided with these in­puts at a price, which the farmer will pay back af­ter har­vest.”

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor re­gret­ted that agri­cul­ture, which used to be the main­stay of the na­tion’s econ­omy be­fore the dis­cov­ery of oil, has now taken a back seat. He also lamented that most Nige­ri­ans have aban­doned agri­cul­ture in pur­suit of quick and cheap money in pol­i­tics and in the en­ergy and gas sec­tor.

A cot­ton farm

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