An Agriculture Extension Officer, Mr. Joseph Aboyeji, has advised farmers in the country to embrace dry season farming as a way of improving production.
Aboyeji gave the advice in Omu-Aran, Irepodun local government area of Kwara, North-Central Nigeria on Sunday. He added that dry season farming would promote all-year round farming, reduce poverty and food insufficiency.
The extension officer said the Nigerian government Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES), under the Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA) is a veritable platform to achieve success, regarding dry season farming.
He also noted that with GES, the envisaged increase in production and income of farmers would be achieved, adding that beneficiaries under the scheme would have unhindered access to highly subsidised farm inputs.
According to him, the late and inadequate rainfall being experienced since the beginning of the year has posed serious challenges to farmers in meeting up with their food production target.
Aboyeji, who noted that dry season farming is capital intensive, called for more adequate budgetary allocation for the sector to reduce poverty and unemployment.
He also called for the provision of modern storage facilities and markets to assist farmers actualise their high production target and income.