AFAN chairman urges Enugu farmers to begin land preparation
Mr Romanus Eze, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Enugu chapter, has advised farmers in the state to start preparing their farmlands for the 2020 farming season.
Eze gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday against the backdrop of the recent rainfall in the state.
While calling on the farmers to start preparing their lands, he, however, said they should not rush into crop production without monitoring the consistency of the rainfall.
”All have been waiting for the early rainfall, and we have had rainfall that covered some areas in the state.
”My advice to the farmers is to start preparing their farmland, while they monitor consistency of the rainfall before embarking on crop production.
”Therefore, I suggest that they do not rush into planting because if the rain stops, the whole land will dry up; then it will affect their crops.
”It is better for farmers to wait till around the second week of the month of April, when the real position of the rain may have been ascertained,” he said.
On how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the planting season, Eze urged farmers to go about their normal businesses, saying that the coronavirus would affect the current farming season.
”Well, coronavirus is a national pandemic that is effecting everybody and it involves the suspension of large gathering.
”I think that individual farmers can go to their farm as they are not going there in multitude.
”In the areas where we have clusters of farmland, the farmers have been scattered more than five meters apart,” the chairman said.
According to him, with all these measures, the farmers are free to farm as they do not know when the ravaging global pandemic will end.
”If we keep waiting to see the end of the pandemic, it may be too late for farming and that will cause food scarcity in the state.
”Prepare your farmland and watch out for consistency of the rainfall before planting to avoid waste of resources,” Eze advised. (NAN)