The National Tomato Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, has urged on the Federal Government officers to translate instructions on pest control pesticides to Hausa language.
The National Organizing Secretary, of the association, Mr Adamu Musa, explained that the use of pesticides had become an important aspect of agriculture in modern times due to prevalence of pests and several plant insects
He noted that farmers in the country had embraced the use of pesticides to promote agricultural production by reducing risks in crop cultivation.
He said this had minimized losses on the part of farmers thereby giving them more harvests for their efforts.
According to him, farmers now have problems with how to use these pesticides because they were written in English and French languages.
“Most of the chemicals are written in English, French languages and farmers do not understand the instructions on how to use them.The Federal Government and agriculture extension officers should render the use of chemicals (pesticides) in Hausa, which is the language of operation in most rural areas where tomatoes are grown.”
“This has really affected the growing of tomato, especially in the North.The farmers don’t know how to apply the chemicals.‘Most of them apply chemicals either below or above the stipulated quantities that should be applied; this act is not helping tomato growing”, he said
He recalled that the ‘tomato ebola’ ordeal that ravaged the growth of tomato some years back in the country, was due the wrong application of chemicals by farmers.
He therefore advised tomato farmers to always approach the association’s officials to assist them in solving problems they might encounter in the course of their agricultural activities.