All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has urged the three tiers of government to come up with early interventions to ensure improved yield from the 2019 farming season.
Alhaji Shehu Galadima, AFAN Chairman, the Niger Chapter, made the plea in Minna.
“There is need for proper planning in agriculture to enable governments at all levels to develop the sector.
“If we get our improved inputs and modern implements on time, it will help us to plan well and start the farming season quick,” he said.
Galadima said that early cropping had been helping farmers a lot as some crops had specific period of cultivation to enable them have good yield during harvest.
“As I speak to you, we have not received any form of encouragement from government.
“The Niger Government is trying to encourage farmer groups to own tractors through the Public Private Partnership arrangement, but the money is still on the high side for the local farmers,” he said.
According to him, government subsidies will encourage increased yield and cut down the prices of foodstuffs.
“We are talking about enough food for local consumption and export; how are we going to achieve this without strong support from government?
“Government is trying, but it must do more before any meaningful revolution will take place in agriculture,” he said.
The AFAN chairman said that the over 1.5 million registered farmers in the state were ready for the farming season but for the rain.
He advised the farmers not to hasten into cultivation because of the early sign of rain.
Galadima said that the normal rain for cultivation might come at the end of April or early May, depending on the climate change.
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