Agric agent en­joins cas­sava grow­ers/ farm­ers to em­brace best prac­tices

Business Day (Nigeria) - - SUNDAY BUSINESS - UDOKA AGWU, Umuahia

Nze Pl a c i d u s Eberendu, the Ag r i c u l t u r a l Ex­tens ion agent co­or­di­nat­ing Umuahia North L.G.A, of Abia State, has en­joined cas­sava grow­ers/farm­ers to em­brace the best agri­cul­tural prac­tices in their fu­ture sched­uled plant­ing.

Eberendu gave the ad­vice in Umuahia, the state cap­i­tal, while ed­u­cat­ing cas­sava farm­ers un­der the um­brella of JEMACK Mul­ti­pur­pose Cor­po­ra­tive So­ci­ety, Umuahia.

Eberendu, who is the Agric Ex­ten­sion Agent for Kolp­ing So­ci­ety of Nige­ria, a non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing in part­ner­ship with Africa Ca s s a v a Agron­omy Ini­tia­tive and also ap­pointed by the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Trop­i­cal Agri­cul­ture (IITA), Ibadan, for train­ing of cas­sava pro­duc­ers, stressed on the need for the farm­ers to em­brace the best prac­tices of cas­sava agron­omy like farm clear­ing, sched­uled plant­ing, fer­til­izer rate, weed man­age­ment, va­ri­eties of cas­sava to be planted, time for fer­til­izer ap­pli­ca­tion and time for har­vest.

He noted that as an emerg­ing con­cept, smart agri­cul­ture means man­ag­ing farms, us­ing modern In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies to in­crease the quan­tity and qual­ity of prod­ucts while op­ti­mis­ing the hu­man labour re­quired.

The Agric Ex­ten­sion agent said: “In smart farm­ing, there are cer­tain pa­ram­e­ters to be con­sid­ered such as the type of crop, prop­er­ties of soil, cli­mate, among oth­ers. De­pend­ing upon these pa­ram­e­ters, farm­ers de­cide which crop to be cul­ti­vated at what time of the year and place.”

In an in­ter­view with jour­nal­ists shortly af­ter the sem­i­nar, the Chair­man JEMACK Mul­ti­pur­pose Cor­po­ra­tive So­ci­ety, Umuahia North, Caleb Ogwe i nsisted that Agribusi­ness re­mained the best for Nige­ria and not pe­tro­leum prod­ucts.

He pointed out that Malaysia out of their wis­dom came down to Nige­ria, took palm seeds and planted in their coun­try, which to­day they are fi­nan­cially vi­brant while Nige­ria aban­doned theirs for pe­tro­leum prod­ucts which are no longer yield­ing mean­ing­ful div­i­dends.

“Agribusi­ness re­mains the best for Nige­ria and not oil. That was where we were be­fore oil well came out to de­ceive us. De­spite warn­ings that some­day in the fu­ture we will re­gret our ac­tions, we felt that agri­cul­ture was stren­u­ous and we started drilling oil and dol­lars were flow­ing in. Now, we have seen it. The oil did not last for­ever and ev­ery­thing has col­lapsed,” he noted.

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