Tomato farmers in Katsina State have devised a way of tackling glut as well as scarcity of the produce by staggering its cultivation within the period of dry season farming. Daily trust reports
Some years back, the farmers suffered chronic glut of the produce as the various farming communities harvested the produce at the same time.
A farmer in Tafoki Faskari LGA, Sagir Ahmed, said though staggering tomato cultivation has long been popular among farmers in some states, lack of adequate and reliable irrigation water was making those in Katsina to use what is available and produce the crop in droves.
He added that the tactics employed helped in maintaining market supply of the produce and at the same time mitigating the wanton loss usually incurred by farmers during the glut of the produce.
He further expressed optimism that farmers would not experience a serious market glut that will result in mass sun drying of the produce this year.
It was discovered that young men in their 20s and 30s at Tafoki village have taken over the irrigation activities, a situation that is boosting the volume of tomato produced yearly in the area.
He thanked the Katsina State government for the rehabilitation of Tafoki road, adding that the “attention of the government is needed to complete the dredging of Tafoki dam to adequately sustain irrigation farming in the area.”