The President, Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN), Dr Edwin Uche, has advised northern farmers to cultivate vitamin A bio-fortified maize, as the wet season farming sets in.
Uche said that the association had initiated an awareness campaign in the North to sensitise farmers to the benefits of cultivating vitamin A bio-fortified maize and where the seed could be obtained.
“We are already sensitising farmers across the country; we have been able to work out a plan and budget for the sensitisation campaign, especially in the North, we are getting the information down to the grassroots because farmers need to be informed on why they should plant vitamin A bio-fortified maize. If you don’t convince the people on why they should embrace vitamin A bio-fortified maize, they will not accept the proposal, ’’ he said.
Uche explained that vitamin A bio-fortified maize had been tested extensively in Oyo, Imo, Kaduna, Osun, Ogun states and the result had been fulfilling.
“The passion with which the farmers in the South are embracing vitamin A bio-fortified maize is increasing by the day.We are mobilising northern farmers to join in and embrace the planting of this disease-resistant, nutrient rich maize, which will give farmers better yield for their efforts.The health benefits of vitamin A bio-fortified maize are numerous and the consumption of this maize can make people live healthy lives, ’’ he said.
Uche disclosed that the association was interfacing between maize farmers and seed companies to ensure that the farmers got improved seeds, as the wet season farming began across the country.
He therefore advised maize farmers to always approach the association’s officials in all the states for assistance whenever they encountered any problem in the course of their agricultural activities.