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Youths challenged to engage in dry season farming

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

/ by Adamawa Celebrities

By Victoria Ishaku
(Intern student)

Youths in Adamawa state have been charged to engage in dry season farming to enable them become self-reliant and contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.

A cross section of dry season farmers at Lake Geriyo Jimeta in Yola North local government area Adamawa state gave the advice while speaking in a separate interview with The Scope Reporter at the Lake during the week.

According to them, farming particularly dry season is the surest way that can earn them money quickly without much stress.

One the of the farmers, Ado Usman who expressed satisfaction with Buhari led administration policy in trying to revamp agriculture by accorded the sector a priority, maintained that dry season farming can eradicate poverty and hunger in the country.

He advised the youths not to rely on seeking white color jobs because the opportunities is scarce now hence the need for them to take up dry season farming for them for them to earn a living.

Another farmer, Ibrahim Buka said he has been in dry season farming for over 25 years and had reap its benefits, explained that “If a dry season farmer takes good care of his farm a small portion of a land can produce lager quantity of farm produce”.

According to him, dry season farming can complement the lost incurred by farmers during last rain fed farming due to early seizure of rainfall which affects the yields of farm produce.

He noted that if dry season farmers were equipped with all necessary farm implements and herbicides it would translate into good yields which can be enough to feed the state and exports to other states in the country.

Ibrahim Buka urged stakeholders in the sector to support the present administration policy of diversifying the economy from oil to non-oil sectors which are yielding positive result.

Our Reporter observed that majority of dry season farmers at Lake Geriyo are elderly people with few youths taking part, while majority of the youths who are energetic doing nothing for the living only loitering about.
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