The Gombe State government has urged farmers to plant more early maturing varieties of crops during the 2021 wet season farming. Director from the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Joseph Kaltungo, revealed that this charge was given as a result of the weather prediction report by the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET).
Kaltungo revealed that there are areas in the 11 Local Governments that can cope with weather uncertainties, stating that those in the South and Central parts of the state will have no problems planting early, middle, or late maturity varieties of crops.
Magaji Gettado, Commissioner of the Ministry, added that “the sensitization is for farmers to understand the crux of farming methodology before during, and after each cropping season given that fast-changing climatic conditions”. Gettado added that the government is committed to providing farmers with up-to-date information to guard against avoidable losses during and after cropping season. He added that the ministry has a comprehensive documentation of genuine farmers in the state, which makes it easy to disseminate information.
The Commissioner further stressed the need for farmers to better understand the factors that affect cultivation of certain products in order to achieve optimum yield given the meteorological reports indicating differentials of rainfall in various locations.