Farm­ers hope­ful of bumper harvest in Ek­iti

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE -

Farm­ers in Ikole Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Ek­iti State have ex­pressed hap­pi­ness over re­cent high vol­ume of rain­fall with hope of record­ing bumper.

A cross sec­tion of the farm­ers told the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) in sep­a­rate in­ter­views at Ikole on Wed­nes­day that the cli­mate has been farm­ers’ friendly.

They said that the rain­fall pat­tern in the past two months has bright­ened their hope for bumper harvest this year.

Mr Isaac Kokumo, a co­coyam and cas­sava farmer said that high vol­ume of rains would en­hance the size of yam tu­bers due to wet ground.

He urged farm­ers not to al­low weeds take over their farms and cau­tioned that the high vol­ume rains could also aid weeds to grow rapidly.

Mr Ji­moh Oturepe, another farmer, said that heavy rain and sunny weather be­ing ex­pe­ri­enc­ing now, was best for co­coyam and other types of tu­bers.

He, how­ever, noted that the heavy rain­fall was not good for toma­toes and pep­per, es­pe­cially in the South­west.

Ac­cord­ing to him, heavy rain­fall is con­tribut­ing to the scarcity of toma­toes and pep­per.

Mrs Oluyemi Aluko, a cas­sava farmer, said that the favourable rain­fall pat­tern had en­cour­aged her to ex­pand her cas­sava farm.

She was op­ti­mistic that bumper cas­sava harvest awaits her in De­cem­ber.

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