...Kaduna farm­ers hope­ful too

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

Farm­ers in Kaduna have ex­pressed hope of bumper har­vest in spite of late rain­fall and de­lay in the dis­tri­bu­tion of sub­sidised fer­til­izer.

Some of the farm­ers, who spoke to the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) on Mon­day, said the adop­tion of new farm­ing tech­nique had helped to boost their pro­duc­tion.

One of the farm­ers, Mr Joel Lumga, said that this year’s har­vest on his two hectares of land was more than that of the pre­vi­ous years.

“Last year, I har­vested four bags of maize, four bags of soya beans and eight bags of ground­nuts.

“But this year, I have al­ready har­vested 13 bags of ground­nuts from the same piece of land and I am equally op­ti­mistic that I will har­vest noth­ing less than 10 bags of soya beans, “he said.

Lumga at­trib­uted the high yield to the ad­vice of ex­perts on the need to plant early ma­tur­ing seeds.

“I equally planted early enough, since rain­fall was a bit late this year”.

He ad­vised farm­ers to al­ways seek ex­pert ad­vice if they hope to get high yield from their farms.

An­other farmer, Mr James Stephen, said he expects noth­ing less than 12 bags of maize and eight bags of soya beans from his one hectare farm as against the six bags of maize har­vested in 2014.

“I in­tro­duced mixed farm­ing this year by cul­ti­vat­ing maize and soya beans on the same piece of land and the tech­nique has paid off.

“Also, be­cause fer­til­izer was ex­pen­sive, I re­sorted to chicken ma­nure, which is more af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble.

“We bought 100 kg of the ma­nure for N1, 000 as against N6, 000 for a 50 kg of chem­i­cal fer­til­izer,’’ Stephen said.

He ad­vised farm­ers to adopt the use of or­ganic fer­til­izer ``which are cheaper, ac­ces­si­ble and guar­an­tee high yield.’’

Mr Domshep Em­manuel, also a farmer, said he was hope­ful of har­vest­ing nine to ten bags of soya beans as against the five bags he har­vested last year.

He also at­trib­uted the high yield to ex­pert ad­vice and adop­tion of new farm­ing tech­niques. (NAN)

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