Gombe Farmers Lament High Cost Of Farm Inputs
The rainy season is here and it is only natural for farmers to cultivate their farmlands in readiness.
Farmers in Gombe do not want to be left out of the 'good tidings' that accompany the rains, so they are appealing to the government for support.
Mallam Muhammadu a farmer of Wuro Biriji of Akko local government in the state told Bounce News that he and his family of 13 depend only on farming as their means of livelihood.
Muhammadu said it is so hard for him to provide food for his family as he has been experiencing poor farm produce.
He also attributed the shortfall to inadequate fertilizer and worms.
Muhammadu, however said he is optimistic that things will change this year if government makes available early interventions.
"Many farmers had little or nothing to show for their effort, the army worm destroyed most of their produce.
"I lost the large part of my farm to army worm attack", said Bello.
Another farmer Malam Ibrahim said, "they have not seen any sign of intervention by government till now even as the rainy season is fast aproaching. We only pray they will do something to help us as we have nothing to do to provide for our families other than farming."
Silas Danbaba as well said government and all concerned authorities should try and provide necessary support to farmers as farming cannot be without improve seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and other support.
Alhaji Siddi Buba, who is a large scale Farmer, corroborated what the others said but added that government should provide farmers with fertilizer in time and make available a loan for farmers to enable them produce quality produce worth marketing.
"Our governments are already use to the flagging off of disbursement of fertilizer to farmers in the middle or ending of farming season which is a sign that the governments don't take farming activities serious", Siddi added.
He said farmers are supposed to take delivery of their needed fertilizers before the coming of a farming season so they can go to their farms knowing that they are not just wasting their time and energy.
The Gombe state Commissioner for Agriculture Hon. Dahiru Bubabiri did not respond to request for his comment on the level preparation made so far by the state government.
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