The Federal Government of Nigeria initiative in collaboration with Katsina State government’s Fadama III program vows to give farm implements to 100 tomato growers in Daura.
Alhaji Bashir Zango, who is the state Fadama Programme Coordinator, made this known to newsmen yesterday Wednesday, at the distribution of the implements to some of the deserving farmers in Daura.
According to our sources, the supplied farm implements distributed to the 100 tomato farmers is to boost commercial production of tomato in the state.
Alhaji Zango said the beneficiaries were drawn from the 10 registered tomato growers associationsin the area. “We will in due course expand the scope to accommodate more farmers who have interestin the programme,’’he said.
Zango said the implements include 300 bags of fertiliser, 30 insecticides sprayers, 30 water pumping machines and 1,000 water pipes for channeling water into the farms. “We have also provided hundred of gallons of insecticides to farmers,’’he said.
He also warned the beneficiaries against diversion of the implements, stressing “we have inscribed the name of the programme on the implements for easy identification.’’
In his remarks, Alhaji Rabe Bala, Chairman of tomato growers association in Daura, lauded the efforts of the state government on the programme.
He said the initiative would encourage production of tomato in commercial quantity and provide stable income to farmers.Bala said the state government has provided `a ready-made’ market for the commodity in Katsina and every registered farmer is expected to sell at least 60 per cent of his harvest to a government accredited tomato processing industry.
The chairman also commended the Federal Government for placing a ban on importation of tomato, stressing that thesingular act had encouraged local farmers to engage in mass production of the commodity.
“With this intervention, I may cultivate 6 hectares of tomato this farming season,”he said.
Bala described Fadama III programme as timely and a very important source through which agricultural activities wouldreceive deserved attention. “We were provided with improved, treated seedlings and insecticides against tomato ebola disease,’’he said.
Bala called on youths to key into agriculture with a view to becoming self reliant and contribute to the growth and development of the nation’s economy.