Farmer counsel youths on commercial farming
A farmer in Zaria, Alhaji Shu’aibu Mohammed, has advised youths to embrace commercial agriculture to further boost national food security.
Mohammed, a seasoned farmer, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Friday.
He said that the advice became imperative in view of the importance of farming to national growth and development.
Mohammed, who is the Sarkin Noman Dutsen Abba District in Zaria Local Government, said “I want our youths to use their youthful agility toward commercial food production.
This effort will enable them improve their revenue base and become self-sufficient apart from contributing to national food security.’’
According to him, the old method of relying on rainfall alone to cultivate a single crop or few crops annually has gone.
He said if many youths go into commercial agriculture they would be able to cultivate many varieties during both rainy and dry seasons.
The farmer listed some of the commercial crops to, include tomato, cucumber, garden egg, orange, guava, cowpea, onion, wheat, rice, among others.
Mohammed observed that farming business required patience, resilience and commitment to enable the farmer achieve his/her objectives.
He appealed to government to expedite action toward supplying fertilisers for this year’s farming season in order to boost their morale which would in a way promote bumper harvest.
As farmers there is the need for government to assist us with fertilisers, insecticides and other farming implements so that we can reciprocate by putting in our best.’’ (NAN)