Some maize farmers in Gombe State have commended the efforts of the Federal Government in sensitising them on the need to use certified seedlings to boost productivity.
The farmers gave the commendation in Gombe on Thursday.
Usman Umar-Yari, a maize farmer from Akko, said the sensitisation had impacted on a lot of farmers who had embraced the use of certified seeds only for cultivation.
“I must commend the Federal Government for giving massive sensitisation on the need to use improved seedlings.
‘‘It has paid off and I can tell you that my farm will yield better this season.
“The quantity of maize I am expecting is unprecedented, especially per hectare compared to before. When we embrace all government policies in agriculture, the lives of farmers will be better after harvest.
“I wish to also commend the state government for moving swiftly to avoid crisis in the agricultural sector by providing fertilisers and other improved seedlings in time for this wet season.
“The seeds from the state government were also used in my farm. I am amazed at my farm now. The input from government has really helped farmers.
“Whenever I look at my farm, it gives me joy and I am not regretting using the improved seedlings sold to us at subsidised rates,” he said.
Another farmer from Akko, Baba Timothy said that members of Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN) had benefited a lot from different sensitisation campaigns on the need to use improved seedlings.
“I can tell you that I have been using improved seeds for planting for over three years now and it has been helpful. You need to see my farm, so green and healthy.
“I want to thank the government, especially the Nigeria Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) for being tough on fake seed dealers.
‘‘Their action government has to a large extent rid the markets of fake seeds,” he said.
Alhaji Modibbo Nafada, the National Vice-President of MAGPAMAN also commended NASC for supporting its association in ensuring that farmers use the certified seeds.
“The quality of seeds determine the quality of yields and that’s why we have keyed into all federal and state governments’ programmes as an association and it has really helped us.
“I am expecting a bumper harvest too. The yield from farmers this year will be huge. We just hope the market price will be favourable for my members to get the best from their efforts.”
Nafada called on maize farmers to embrace the use of certified seedlings to boost productivity, adding that such would translate into more income for farmers.