By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Farmers in Soba Community have expressed satisfaction with the result recorded in the Sorghum Demonstration Farm by Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited in collaborations with Nagari Seed Nigeria in Kaduna State
Alhaji Bala Tela Soba, a leading farmer in the area who spoke on behalf of the farmers at the Sorghum Green Field Day
at Soba at the weekend, said it is very important to call on farmers to always buy their seeds from reputable companies for better results.
He congratulated Nagari Seed for the well deserved success from the beginning to date of the demonstration of the field day.
Alhaji Bala Tela, said the collaborative seed programme will assist farmers towards boosting their agric production.
He advised farmers to be sincere to themselves by adopting new agricultural technologies currently in place.
According to him, if farmers surely follow the new method of farming, they will see improvement beyond their expectations.
Mr. George Isaac, the representative of Sahel Consulting Agriculture said the Collaborative Seed Programme, which is a programme contributing to the Nigeria – Netherlands seed partnership is aimed at boosting Sorghum farming towards transforming the Nigeria seed companies in Kaduna State.
He said to build farmers capacity, they established demonstrations plots and advanced cultivation to ensure quality seeds into the hands of farmers.
According to him, Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Ltd, introduced the Collaborative Seed Programme to the local communities because of its importance for farmers to embrace quality seed that will improve their productivity and livelihood.
Mr. Isaac said, it is necessary to adopt the use of quality seeds and advanced cultivation practices, given the adverse effects of the climate change; like pest developing resistance, draught and poor soil fertility.
He added that there are lots of varieties of seeds marketed by seed companies that farmers are yet to identify, stressing that Collaborative Seed Programme partnering with the seed companies is set to assist in the marketing and promotion of quality seeds in Kaduna State, also to create an efficient linkage between the farmers and seed companies within their areas
Earlier, the collaborating partner, the Nagari Seed Nigeria Ltd commended the farmers for the efforts.