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Farms Advised not to Panic over Scanty Rainfall

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A Director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr Uche Nwafor, has advised farmers not to panic over the scanty rainfall preparatory to the planting activities.

Nwafor, who is the South-East Zonal Director of Agriculture in the ministry, gave the advice in Enugu in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said though it was worrisome that rain had been scanty in the zone, farmers needed not to engage in panic planting.

“Farmers in the zone need to be vigilant and should only commence planting when the rains appear fully stable since we do not practice irrigation-fed agriculture here.

“It is worrisome that the rains have refused to come even when we are almost in the month of May,’’ he said.

Nwafor said the prevailing situation called for caution, adding that farmers should only plant using fresh improved seedlings as well as imbibe best agricultural practices.

He cautioned farmers against recycling of grains which, he said, did not guaranty good yield.

“The ministry has always advised farmers to plant with improved seedlings instead of grains recycled from their farms.

“At the inception of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) programme, government gave out certain amount of improved seedlings of maize and rice.

“Our farmers are expected to get seedlings from sources certified by government and other breeders.

“The idea of farmers planting with grains harvested from their farms should be discouraged because there is no guaranty for a good harvest,’’ he said.

The director said the GES scheme of the current administration had been beneficial to farmers, adding that the incoming administration needed to leverage on the good aspects of the programme.