LAFIA- Farming activities have become a great source of livelihood and lucrative work in Nigeria in view of the economic challenge bedeviling the country in the current dispensation.
In Nasarawa State, farming activities has greatly reduce restiveness amongst youths if not 40 per cent is about 55 per cent in the State findings revealed.
In view of this Nasarawa State farmers has been relegated to the background when it comes to financial support and farm input when is raining season for farming activities is setting
Rural farmers are mostly at the rural areas which Government at times forget about there activities and their well being.
A survey by DAILY INDEPENDENT revealed that farmers in Nasarawa State who are into rice can feed a quiet numbers of population in Nasarawa State and Nigeria at large.
Speaking in an interviewed with one Ome community base rice farmer in Jenkwe development area in Obi Local Government Area of state Mr. Wuya Gube, said rice farming has reduced quiet numbers of youth on the street in their community.
He averred that he is into rice farming since president Muhammadu Buhari advice Nigerians to go into farming activities in view of current economic challenges couple with COVID-19 pandemic which has been a global challenging.
According to Gube, “I am into rice farming I cultivate over one hundred hectare of rice but no support from government even farm input.
“When time of farming season come you would hear on Radio that government is distributing fertilizer and other farm input but you hardly see one bag buy because some people who are not farmers would hijack the process and some divert it to their personal store and sell it marketers.”
“We are calling on the government for the change of attitude toward farmers in the State. What we are saying is, government should look at rural farmers and place them special since farming activities is also employment opportunity to our teeming youths.”
“Government should come up with the policy that will favour rural farmers who contribute their own quota to the nation’s economic,” he said.
Also speaking was Mrs. Mathar Jonathan, a seasonal farmers who held from Agyaragu Jenkwe development area of Obi Local Government Area of the State, said women were left behind intense financial support and agriculture support in the State in-spite of government’s policy on agriculture in the country.
She explained that if government come up with any good policy that would empowered women agriculturally some groups of women who are not into farming would hijack it and sell it to marketers.
She called on government to strictly monitor and suppervise anything farm input that government is promising women in the State.