Sesame farmers in Gombe expect bumper harvest

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Some sesame farmers in Gombe State say they are confident of bumper harvest following the favourable rainfall being witnessed this cropping season.

The farmers said they were hopeful of good harvest when compared to the previous season.

A youth farmer, Yusuf Sabo said he was excited anytime he went to his sesame farm to see how good the yield was, adding that he was confident of getting good returns on his investment.

By the grace of God, I am expecting a bumper harvest and it will be a blessing to me. I am so happy anytime I go to the farm to see how my farm looks healthy.

“The rain has been favourable this year. I can attest to that and we thank God. It came at the right time and it has been falling in a way that every farmer here expects.

“I even planted beans not too long ago and it has come out good because of the rains. It is just moderate enough for my crops and I am already seeing the gains in agriculture as a youth.

Alhaji Suleiman Lano, a sesame farmer from Yamaltu-Deba, said since the commencement of the raining season, all farming activities had been productive.

My crop is doing well since the commencement of the rains and we can only but thank Allah for His mercies this year. We are so excited that the yields are coming out better.

“I didn’t witness any issue of crop infestation this year and the ministry of agriculture has been particularly helpful in sensitisation and practical assistance on how to handle pest on the field.’’

Another farmer, Haruna Mohammed said: “Before the recent rainfall that led to excessive flooding that ravaged our farms, things were looking good ahead of harvest as we had invested a lot of money.

“We cannot blame Allah but we believe the blessing of the rain is good for all farmers irrespective of what comes afterward. So we are not too happy but Allah knows best,’’ he said.

Mohammed appealed for supports from the state government not just in giving them aids but addressing the issues that led to the flooding so the sources of their livelihood were not destroyed annually.