The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on Thursday said farmers in Zamfara recorded a bumper-harvest in the 2016 wet-season farming.
The Vice-Chairman of the state chapter of AFAN, Alhaji Ahmad Sa’idu noted in Gusau that over 80 per cent of farmers in the state recorded high productivity from all the crops they cultivated.
“We recorded success in farming this year, particularly, in soya beans, guinea corn and maize cultivation.
“We hope to record similar success in rice production in the upcoming dry-season farming.
“Most of our farmers harvested between 700 bags and 1,000 bags of soya beans. I know of a farmer who harvested 2,200 bags of soya beans, which is higher than what we produced in previous years.
“We consider this as a great success, and a boost to the Federal Government’s policy of reviving agriculture and ensuring self-sufficiency in the country’s food production,” Saidu said.
He appealed to farmers in the state not to consume, sell or waste all their farm products, rather to keep some for future cultivation. The AFAN chairman commended both the Zamfara and the Federal Ministries of Agriculture for their support to the farmers and appealed for interest-free loan for them to enhance productivity.
In a separate interview with NAN, Alhaji Musa Raji, the Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Zamfara office, urged farmers in the state to participate en-masse in the dry season farming activities.
Raji said the Federal Government had various programmes planned to support farmers with inputs at subsidised rates and capacity building on modern innovations on dry season farming.
He added that the plan was in line with government’s policy of reviving the agricultural sector and ensuring food sufficiency in the state, as well as rural value transformation in the country. The farmers attributed their success in the 2016 wet-season farming to high rainfall and favourable weather conditions.