Why lo­cal farm­ers are em­brac­ing sesame cul­ti­va­tion in Gombe

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE -

Farm­ing, which has been a source of in­come for Dukku com­mu­nity in Gombe State, has re­ceived a boost as lo­cal farm­ers in the area now en­gage in mass cul­ti­va­tion of sesame.

In re­cent years, farm­ers in Dukku had started mi­gra­tion to the cul­ti­va­tion of sesame, which to them makes good sale.

Re­act­ing to the de­vel­op­ment, many farm­ers have ex­pressed var­i­ous views.

For Al­haji Umaru Wak­ili, who has been into farm­ing for quite a num­ber of years, sheds light on the pos­si­ble rea­sons why he thinks farm­ers en­gage in mass cul­ti­va­tion of sesame. He at­trib­uted it to more fi­nan­cial gains recorded in sesame than in other ce­re­als.

“When you see a farmer who has been cul­ti­vat­ing mil­let or beans for the past years now switch­ing to another crop, it can’t be for no rea­son. I have been cul­ti­vat­ing mil­let and beans for a num­ber of years but how much is one bag of mil­let sold? Though the price varies with the size of bags, but you can get a bag at N3, 500.

Now that I am into this sesame farm­ing, I’m record­ing huge sales from it. The price of one bag of sesame is al­most N13, 500 in the lo­cal mar­ket,” Wak­ili said.

On why farm­ers in Dukku area en­gage in mass sesame pro­duc­tion, Al­haji Umaru said: “Well, there are many rea­sons. As ru­ral farm­ers, we have to be wise be­cause of our lim­ited re­sources. And you see, sesame is more prof­itable with lim­ited re­sources than other crops us­ing the same re­sources. Sesame of­fers more re­turn for less cost (less risk) than other crops. And it is very drought and in­sect friendly.”

“And now that more farm­ers are switch­ing to sesame pro­duc­tion, we have formed an as­so­ci­a­tion; Dukku As­so­ci­a­tion of Sesame Grow­ers, be­cause we are very op­ti­mistic that this new gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Buhari will re­vive the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, which has suf­fered a se­ri­ous ne­glect over the years by other gov­ern­ments, he noted.”

How­ever, con­se­quences of mi­grat­ing to cash crops can be ad­van­ta­geous to the lo­cal farm­ers fi­nan­cially but would cause food short­age to the pop­u­la­tion in the long run. Vir­tu­ally all the farm­ers in the area are sub­sis­tence-based; and go­ing by the trend, some­day the sesame grow­ers would find them­selves to have sold their en­tire farm pro­duce and col­lected cash in turn rather than leav­ing be­hind the pro­duce for their con­sump­tion.

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