The Anambra State FADAMA Coordination Office has promised to assist farmers in the state in their plans to achieve bumper harvests, as the new farming season begins.
Chucks Egbue, the state FADAMA 111 Programme Manager, made the promise while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Awka.
“We give out pest control substances, improved seedlings of various kinds and fertilisers to farmers at low cost, so as to help them do well this farming season.
“One thing they can be sure of is that whatever we give to them is original and unadulterated, unlike what they may get from the open market, where anything goes,” he said.
Meanwhile, some farmers in the state have expressed optimism of having bumper harvests this season.
One of the farmers, Innocent Nwobu, told NAN that he had started tilling his farmland, in preparation for crop planting, as the rainy season began.
“Already, I have engaged workers to begin crop planting later in the week.
“With the early arrival of the rainy season this year, food scarcity will soon become a thing of the past,’’ he said.
On his part, Romanus Igwebuike, expressed the hope that natural and man-made disasters would not thwart the farmers’ efforts to achieve bumper harvest this season.
“The menace of flood, erosion and herdsmen, if reduced to the barest minimum, will do us good; and that will benefit everybody,” he said.