Mr Femi Oke, the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of All Farmers Association (AFAN), says farmers in the state recorded huge harvests in all crops in the 2017 farming season.
He said this in an interview with News men in Lagos.
According to him, many farmers in the state are happy with their harvests in 2017 crop growing season.
“The 2017 harvests were quite significant and many people, including the civil servants, engaged in farming in 2017.
“For instance, the yields from rice cultivation across the state were high, thereby compelling a reduction in the price of rice in the markets.
“Some farmers who planted vegetables and crops like cucumber and watermelon also had high yields.
“Many farmers that planted cassava and other root crops admitted that their yields were also great and tremendous,’’ he said.
Oke said that farmers cultivated rice in large quantities at Badagry, Ikorodu and Epe areas of the state.
“Rice is doing well in the coastal areas of the state.
“Farmers, who planted rice in the coastal areas by the water, got better results,’’ he said.
The AFAN chairman said that farmers were surprised with the yields from their cucumber and watermelon cultivation because they never believed that such crops could survive and thrive in the southern part of the country.
“Cucumber and watermelon are usually planted in the North.
“We do not know such crops could survive in the South but with some encouragement, farmers invested in their cultivation and they are happy with the positive results,’’ he said.
Oke expressed the optimism that the 2018 farming season would even be better in terms of crop yields.
He said that the weather had so far been favourable; adding that rice farming had started in full force.
Oke said that owing to the way the rain started this year, farmers were expecting favourable weather conditions for crop cultivation this season.