Some maize farmers in Gombe State say they are optimistic of reaping a bumper harvest from the 2020 wet season farming owing to the current favourable rainy season.
The farmers in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kalshingi community in Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State said they were hopeful of better harvest compared to the previous season.
A farmer, Malam Ibrahim Yakubu said farming activities for this year’s wet season had been going on well, adding that more people were now increasing their investments more in maize farming than ever before.
“We thank God that the rainfall has been regularly okay. We have planted our maize and they are doing very well because we no longer have anywhere to go, so all the attention now is on farming.
“Because of COVID-19, everyone has embarked on full-scale farming and from what we have planted and the way the crops are growing, I will be excited by God’s grace during harvest,’’ the young farmer said.
He, however, pointed out that some of his challenges included expensive seedlings for planting as well as fertiliser, saying that he did not have access to government’s subsidised fertiliser meant for rural farmers.
Another farmer, Malam Safiyanu Aliyu said “farming for this year is good; there is no much challenge because we were eager to farm and when the rains started we were excited.
“From my experience, I know harvest will be good this year God willing. The way rain is falling, it’s adequately perfect for us. This year’s harvest will surpass the previous year’s,’’ he said.
Aliyu said his major challenge was that the price of fertiliser was prohibitive, adding that he bought some bags of the commodity for N7, 500 each, while NPK 15-15-15 was sold for N18, 000 each bag.