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De­spite chal­lenges, Kano fe­male farm­ers ex­pect bumper harvest

- Nigeria News · Agriculture · Livestock Industry · Industries · Kano State · Nigeria · U.S. government · News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Fe­male farm­ers in Kano have said that they are an­tic­i­pat­ing bumper harvest for the 2020 farm­ing sea­son, not­with­stand­ing the chal­lenges faced dur­ing the sea­son.

Some of the farm­ers, who spoke with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN), said that the year came with many chal­lenges, in­clud­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic and down­pour which re­sulted in flood­ing in many parts of the state.

Mrs Amina Al­wali, a rice farmer in Kura Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, thanked the Fed­eral Govern­ment for its in­ter­ven­tions, say­ing this had bailed them out of some of the chal­lenges.

“We had ac­tu­ally as­sumed that farm­ing would be ter­ri­ble this year, but the in­ter­ven­tions of the Fed­eral Govern­ment as­sisted us tremen­dously, as many of us had no fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity to farm again af­ter the lock­down,’’ she said.

A civil ser­vant and largescale potato farmer, Mrs Aisha Umar, also ex­plained that most farm­ers had al­most given up on farm­ing this year, adding, how­ever, that they were en­cour­aged by govern­ment.

“From what we are see­ing now, there will be bumper harvest as usual, ex­cept for some ar­eas where the flood had de­stroyed many farms,’’ Umar said.

In Bag­wai Lo­cal Govern­ment, Mrs Hauwa Us­man, a farmer of per­ish­able foods, said that the harvest so far had been im­pres­sive.

“Al­ready, prices of the items have been com­ing down and we are get­ting set for ir­ri­ga­tion sea­son, in an­tic­i­pa­tion that it will also be a bumper sea­son. We must thank God for this,’’ she said. (NAN)

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