Agric agent enjoins cassava growers/ farmers to embrace best practices
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.