#BounceExclusive: Dry Season Farming Is A Big Deal In Gombe
For most farmers dry season is a period of stock-taking, preparatory to the next cropping season.
However, for farmers in Kwadon and Dadin Kowa communities of Gombe state, dry season offers them the opportunity to produce more crops than expected.
The quest for dry season farming in Gombe state is fast assuming an important position among the locals as they have come to realize that the season is more profitable than the rainy season.
Bounce News gathered that a crop cultivated on a hectare of land during the dry season can produce twice as much during the rainy season.
However, the cost implication may have become a new hurdle.
Muhammad Hamma Adama, the village head of Kunji community in Kwadon, Yamaltu Deba local government area says dry season farming is more beneficial than rainy season.
He said farmers wanting to venture into dry season need capital because in dry season farming you pay for everything including water.
He told Bounce News that “Even though the federal government has shown interest to heighten dry season farming across the country, but as it is now that farmers are taking their harvested stock of rainy season farming.
“Farmers wishing to go back to dry season will have to trade their produce to pay for the land preparation and other charges”.
This he said is because the federal government’s intervention is yet to be made available to farmers.
Like his counterpart, Mohammed of Dadin Kowa neighborhood said farmers are eager to go into dry season farming but that the government’s support for local farmers is not good enough “even the little expected is still yet to come.”
The challenges farmers face include: lack of easy access to farm inputs and money which sometimes discourages young minds from actively being involved in agricultural activities.
The Federal government will be spending over 17 billion naira on dry season farming under its anchor borrowers scheme.
This is according to Aliyu Hameed, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL) who spoke at AgrikExpo and Conference, organized by Nigeria Agribusiness Group.
Farmers in Gombe are anxiously waiting for the funds from the government to develop their farmland and increase produce.
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