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Expert advise farmers on planting early-maturing seeds in Bauchi

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Experts advise farmers on achieving sustainable soils and the planting of early-maturing seed varieties a priority to avoid incurring huge losses this rainy season.

The Experts advised a sensitization workshop on effective farming options during the present economic hardship and the way forward organized by Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (BASEMA) on Wednesday in Bauchi.

Prof. Ambrose Amba, Dean Faculty of Agriculture Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi explained that knowing the status of a soil’s health are target for the improvement of crop production.

He encouraged farmers to implement routine soil inspections and gather data to benchmark the impacts of farm operations.

“Several observations can be made both in the field and by sending off samples to the lab, all centered around a field history. Protecting soil health is vital for the health of crops now and in the future.

“This ultimate guide covers how to test your soil, the numerous ways you can improve the quality of your soil, and how to manage your soil to maintain good health and ensure sustainable cropping,” he said.

On his part Dr Yunusa Shuaibu Agronomist with ATBU Bauchi noted that the first rain was different from the onset of the season, saying that there may be a dry spell that may be extended especially in the North-East region.

According to him, farmers should delay a little before they commence planting until it is well established to avoid replanting.

He urged farmers to go for short-duration crops. In this region that produces roots and tubers may also experience similar challenges and as well adopt diversification.

Shuaibu stressed that since the duration of the rain is going to be short, farmers should diversify with cereals, to adopt moisture conservation techniques such as ridges.

He also recommended enclosures for water retention and advised them to avoid zero or minimal tillage and encourage short ridges.

Earlier, Mr Mashud Aliyu, Director General BASEMA said following the Nigerian Meteorological Agency’s predictions on early cessation of rainfall in many states. The agency invites experts and stakeholders to provide mitigation measures to the citizens.

“This is coming at a time of economic hardship occasioned by the low purchasing power of the Naira amidst exorbitant inflationary trends.

“As experts and relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, we have to come up with the opportunities for our farmers that would improve the farming system, economy, and food security that would meet the nutritional needs of citizens,” he said.

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