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There'll be bumper harvest in FCT this year - FCTA

Jul, 2021 | By Oluwakemi Ajiboye and Chidimma Obasi | ||

Amid concerns over food security in some parts of the country, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has assured of bumper harvest in the Territory this farming season. FCTA's Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) expressed optimism of the harvest. Acting Secretary, ARDS, Mr. Ibe Prospect Chukwuemeka gave the assurance at a sensitisation programme organised for about 1,200 farmers and agricultural extension agents on the effective use of organic and synthetic fertilizers to enhance soil fertility towards increased food production.

According to him, the programme was organised to build the capacities of farmers on modern trends in Agriculture as practiced globally. The use of the organic fertilizers, he stated, is ''very effective'' in promoting rapid nutrient absorption by plants, improving soil fertility and plant growth, leading to bumper harvest. The training, Mr. Chukwuemeka added, will also afford participants opportunity to be sensitised on proper application of both organic and synthetic fertilizers on plants to prevent adverse effect on the soil and crop failure.

His words: "Applying fertilisers, be it organic or synthetic, without knowledge of their properties to guide the quantity to be applied may have an adverse effect on soil fertility and production output. ''This is what we have set to achieve with this programme and the participants here will be organised and deployed to step down the knowledge that they have acquired here to other farmers."

The Acting Secretary described the timing of the programme as very strategic, coming at the start of the rainy season, when farmers are engaged in land preparation. "The timing of this programme is deliberate because our objective is to have maximum impact on farmers. We therefore are optimistic that we will be recording bumper harvest this year," he declared. In her address, Director of Agricultural Services, Dr. Nkem Akanegbu, who was represented by Deputy Director (Inputs), Mrs. Fransisca Ihekandu, stressed the need for farmers to embrace the new approach which is not only cost-effective but helpful in enhancing the quality and quantity of crop yield, thereby boosting incomes.

She reassured that the Secretariat has put in place appropriate measures that the agricultural extension agents participating in the programme will step down the knowledge to other farmers who were not opportuned to attend the programme. The Chief of Tungan-Maje, Mallam Saliu Na'Annabi, who spoke on behalf of participants in his capacity as the Sarkin Noma of FCT farmers, appreciated FCTA for the timely and proactive initiative which will help in facilitating food security and improved wellbeing of farmers in FCT.

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