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How Jos res­i­dents take to gar­den­ing

- From Dick­son S. Adams, Jos Farm Equipment · Agriculture · Gardening · Vegetables · Industries · Hobbies · Healthy Food · Healthy Living · Plateau State

An in­creas­ing num­ber of res­i­dents of Jos, Plateau State, have been en­gaged in farm­ing and plant­ing dif­fer­ent crops within their var­i­ous houses rather than do­ing that on farms.

Sim­i­larly, farm­ing around, rocks, which are spread all over Jos and around res­i­den­tial ar­eas, has be­come the or­der of the day.

Crops like maize, ground­nut, Ir­ish pota­toes, beans, guinea corn, mil­let, okra, as well as dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles, among other crops are planted. It is a com­mon sight to see mostly women in the morn­ing and evening ei­ther plant­ing, weed­ing or har­vest­ing.

This kind of ‘home farm­ing’ is also com­mon in po­lice, army and air­force bar­racks in Jos, as well as staff quar­ters of var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions.

A woman, who en­gages in house farm­ing in the Ku­fang area of Jos South, El­iz­a­beth Yusuf, said that kind of farm­ing has been as­sist­ing her to get soup in­gre­di­ents with­out hav­ing to go out to buy or trou­ble her hus­band to give her money.

She said apart from the usual crops like maize and pota­toes which are pop­u­lar, she also plants toma­toes, pep­per, onions, bitter leaf, okra, among oth­ers in her com­pound, which she used to pre­pare her stew and other dishes.

Ac­cord­ing to her, her chil­dren have also picked in­ter­est in house farm­ing and are as­sist­ing her.

Another woman in Lamingo, As­abe Izam, said such prac­tice should be en­cour­aged be­cause most of the farms are far away from the city.

She said it was also ideal for peo­ple who have leg pain, rheuma­tism, or other health chal­lenges.

She said the only chal­lenge she faced was that of theft and the men­ace of some do­mes­tic an­i­mals eat­ing the plants.

Dayyib Zachariah Adam, who is the Chair­man of Farmers As­so­ci­a­tion in Gen­gere Ward, Jos, said the ben­e­fits of such farm­ing are nu­mer­ous, adding that the fore­most en­cour­ag­ing fac­tor was that the lands are fer­tile all over and many plants/crops could grow well.

He said those farm­ing around their houses could eas­ily wa­ter the crops, es­pe­cially dur­ing the dry sea­son.

He, how­ever, said plants like yams are bet­ter planted on the farms.

The chair­man said the cases of pigs eat­ing crops planted around houses has been a se­ri­ous men­ace, and that they have sev­eral times taken the own­ers of the pigs to court.

He said do­mes­tic theft of plants was also a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially maize, ad­vis­ing that peo­ple should al­ways watch out for thieves who steal crops or an­i­mals who eat them up.

Adam said where nec­es­sary, the farmers should en­deav­our to fence their farms.

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