By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Ahead of the onset of the rains for the 2018 cropping season across the country, the federal and Niger state governments have been urged to make good plans for sufficient farm inputs including assorted fertilisers, quality herbicides and pesticides.
Farm tractors, equipments for mechanisation which would galvernize greater farm productivity should be readily available ahead of the next cropping season if the country is to sustain the gains made in the outgoing 2017 cropping season.
Acting Chairman of Mashegu council area of Niger State, Mohammed Rabiu Ishaq Gobirawa suggested that the early availability of farm inputs would in no small measure assist in the quest for self sufficiency in food production by farmers across many parts of the country.
Rabiu Ishaq Gobirawa adviced governments not relent on the success recorded in the agricultural sector in the country even as he cautioned against laxity and complacency adding that the fight against hunger requires continuity, relentless and unwavering support to farmers and to encourage more hands on the ploughs.
He said early availability of farm inputs would guarantee food security and self worth for the country just as he urged youths in the state to take up farming because of its enormous gains.
Rabiu Ishaq argued that the success attained by farmers in food production in the outgoing cropping season could be trippled if federal and state governments channel a little more efforts above what was done in the procurement of farm inputs such as fertilisers, herbicides and other critical farm inputs for farmers in the country.
The Acting Chairman noted that federal government’s much taunted campaign for diversification of the country’s economy could only be attained if local farmers were encouraged with cheaper but quality farm inputs including improved seeds seedlings of hybrid species.
He pleaded with the Niger state government to redouble efforts towards the provision of more fertilisers to farmers across the state saying the quantum of assorted farm produce churned out last year by farmers across the state would be redoubled this year if the necessary farm inputs were made available early enough and at affordable prices.