Following the early rains in the state, Bauchi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Yakubu Kirfi has sounded a warning note to farmers plying their trade in the state to avoid rushing into the activities of planting seedlings.
This warning was given by the Commissioner during an interview in Bauchi, where he talked about the looming dangers awaiting farmers who are involved in planting this season, specifically the potential risks they could face cultivating with the early rains.
“It is a risk for farmers to go into cultivation for the new farming season without having enough rain or water reservoirs in the farm.
“Farmers should not be deceived by the recent rains because planting seedlings with the early rains will be a useless effort,” he said.
Still on the issue of risks of planting this period, Kirfi maintained that with the absence of adequate water reservoir or full rain when needed, the seeds planted face the risk of roasting in the soil, due to excessive heating which could dry up the soil and also giving room for little ants would also destroy the seeds before germination.
“Bauchi farmers depend on natural rain, so, they should wait until when rainy season fully sets in,’’ he said.
Subsequently, he urged farmers to get engaged with other pre-planting activities before the wet season such as; clearing, weeding and ploughing of their farmlands.
The Commissioner also adviced that farmers can engage in irrigation farming which will enable them to grow their seedlings and get involved in farming all through the years.
“With the help of irrigation, many farmers will no longer be waiting for rainy season before they begin planting,”
Kirfi also spoke in confidence of the state government giving them assurance that they all necessary arrangements for this year’s farming had been made, stressing that the issues of fertiliser, insecticide and herbicides had been concluded only awaiting implementation.
Thereafter, he also cautioned farmers to avoid purchasing of fertiliser from the open market, stressing that the state agency would be responsible for distribution and sale of the fertiliser.