Still on Maize Scarcity
The Oyo State Chairman of Maize Association of Nigeria, (MAN), Olawale Ajani, said that poor rainfall, crop pests and most especially herders/farmers clashes are the causes of maize scarcity in Nigeria.
Ajani said this on Thursday in Ibadan while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria that most maize farms had dried up or were destroyed by pests during the drought period.
According to him, farmers were presently embarking on irrigation system of farming and use of chemicals to solve drought and pest infestation.
“Besides, we have the challenge of inadequate funding, drought, cost of inputs and chemicals, short supply of labour, poor storage facilities, bad farm roads and high cost of transportation.
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“We need the State and Federal Governments to assist us in funding irrigation system, use of improved seeds and seedlings.
“There is need for attractive and enabling environment to encourage the youth and women into agriculture and agribusiness.”He said.
He however, told farmers not to be discouraged, but put in more efforts and make use of modern farming equipment.
The MAAN chairman urged the government to construct more rural roads and rehabilitate existing ones that this will make agricultural activities easily accessible to farmers and all.
Also, an integrated rice farmer, Victor Korede, said inadequate rainfall constituted labour and economic losses to the farmers.
Korede said: “It is apparent that rain fed agricultural practice is no longer sustainable.
“Various irrigation systems are now practised by those who could afford them.”
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