Yarama Ndirpaya is Director of Plant Resources of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN). In this interview with FEMI IBIROGBA, Head, Agro-Economy Desk, he explains the challenges in the seed industry, improved varieties developed by agricultural research institutes and low adoption rate, as well as the critical role of the seed industry in food security drive of the country.
Gombe State Government says it has taken steps to sustain cotton production as well as encourage cotton farmers in the state. Mr Umar Malala, Director of Produce and Pest Control Services, Gombe State Ministry of Agriculture, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday.
Nigeria is a nation of unending drama. Drama is what keeps us going as a people. Insecurity, unemployment, corruption, decayed infrastructure, ethnicity, tribalism are some of our recurring challenges. But we have learned to live with them. Drama gives us a huge comic relief from our many troubles.
Gone are the days when farmers across the country could remember any farming season which ended smoothly without any challenge. Yes, farmers in this part of the clime are used to facing challenges of pest, weeds, wild animals, flood among others before a good harvest.
The Lagos State Agro-Processing, Productivity, Engagement, and Livelihood Support (APPEALS) project has concluded a three-day capacity training for farmers on Tilapia production, using the Cage Culture Rearing Method; Control of Water Hyacinth and Production of Organic Fertiliser from Water Hyacinth.
Indications have emerged that the country may reap bumper harvests of crops and allied farm products in the next harvest season. This follows the cultivation of over 477,642.18 hectares of land across the states of the country by 416,835 farm families with rice, maize, soya bean, cassava, wheat, and cotton.