The All Farmers Association of Nigerian (AFAN) has revealed that they will plant more crops this year based on the Nigeria Meteorological Agency’s (NiMet) scientific weather forecast.
AFAN Vice President, Alhaji Abdulrahman Yusuf revealed this on Thursday in an interview with the Nigerian news agency in Minna.
“We are using NiMet’s prediction that the rains will stop in November instead of October to plant more crops. We are now planting crops that take 45 to 60 days to grow,” he said.
The Farmers Union added that measures that use more rain will increase food production in the state and the country as a whole, adding that the rains that should stop in mid-November will help farmers grow. AFAN also revealed that late-growing crops include pepper, cowpea, okra, tomatoes etc.
Mr Asue Ighodalo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sterling Bank Plc, revealed during the Fourth Agriculture Summit Africa (ASA) 2021 that Nigeria’s agricultural productivity is increasing by 1.3%, which is not enough to meet the demand for food and raw materials hosted by Sterling Bank in Lagos on Wednesday.
“Millions of people are at risk of losing their livelihoods, which has caused great concern for food security. It is estimated that more than 200 million people are growing at a rate of 3% a year. Regardless of the interventions, Nigeria’s agricultural productivity is ‘an increase of about 1.3% is not enough to meet our demand for food and raw materials’, he said.
He warned that despite the wide range of opportunities, the scarcity of agricultural products in Nigeria continues to increase. Despite government interference, yields per hectare are low due to poor input quality and climate change.
The real growth of the agricultural sector in Nigeria in the second quarter of 2021 was 1.3%, a decrease of 1.58% over the same period in 2020 and a decrease of -0.97 percentage points from the first quarter of 2021 with growth rate of 2.28%.