By Peter Uwumarogie
Gombe, Oct. 8, 2020 Some farmers in Gombe State who benefitted from the Federal Government’s seeds palliative have commended the government for the gesture.
The farmers who spoke in separate telephone interviews with newsmen on Thursday in Gombe confirmed receiving the seeds.
Malam Buba Baka, a farmer from Dukku Local Government Area, said he was given the seeds without paying any money and “ I have long planted them and they are doing well.’’
“ The millet seeds I got are far better than the ones we have been planting and the productivity is higher per hectare. We are so happy and grateful to the federal and the Gombe State governments.
“I also shared the seeds with three other farmers and the stories from their farms are as impressive as mine. So far we don’t have any challenge in our farms since we planted the seeds.’’
Hajiya Aisha Hassan, another farmer from Kwadom Community in Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area said “ I was given millet free and I have planted the seeds.’’
“ The difference between this seeds palliative and the ones we are used to is quite huge. My crops look quite healthier and more productive. I am very grateful for this.
“When I harvest and sell the crop from my farm this year, I am sure I and my household will be better off after harvest in spite of the COVID-19 impact,’’ she said.
Hassan while commending the Federal Government, appealed for continuity in the distribution of such improved seeds especially to women farmers.
Malam Abdulmumini Deba from Deba Community, said he received the seeds from the government but, “I gave them out to other farmers to cultivate because the seeds came late.
“While I commend the Federal Government, I advise that such seeds should be distributed early to help more farmers because I have already cultivated all the spaces on my land before the seeds arrived.’’
Naija247news reports that 550 rural farmers from Yamaltu-Deba, Nafada, Shongom, Balanga and Dukku LGAs of Gombe State were in July given seeds palliative to empower them to combat the impact of the pandemic in the state.
The seeds palliative which include sorghum, millet and cowpea were distributed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development through International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics.