Dearth of fertilizers and other agricultural supplements may lead to poor harvest of farm produce in 2015 in Adamawa State, the branch chairman of Adamawa State All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Venatus Jiddere has disclosed.
Jiddere who raised the alarm in an interview with newsmen in Yola, attributed the problem to political instability in the state.
“The 2015/2016 agricultural season comes with its peculiar problem due to change of government.
“The scenario brought complete lack of fertilizers because the outgoing government did not leave behind fertilizers for the incoming government.
“Our farmers have testified to this deficiency of nutrients hence the poor crop quality and possibility of poor harvest being expected this year.” Jiddere lamented.
He noted that from information available to him, consignment of fertilizers procured by the state government has started arriving in the state advising the state government to hasten the distribution of the commodity for the purpose of dry season farming.
“The dry season farming begins in October and there should be no excuse to this fact.” Jiddere said
He urged the government to maintain the Monitoring and the Distribution Committees on Fertilizers as it exists in the state.
Jiddere solicited collaboration between government and agricultural research institutions and seed centres to make available, improved seedlings and pest control to farmers.
He urged government to provide farmers with functional seeds multiplication centres in all the 21 local government areas of the state.
Source: Leadership Newspaper