In a bid to curb pests’ infestation in the country, the Gombe State Government has encouraged its farmers to report any attack by armyworm and other pests ravaging their crops to the appropriate authorities.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Abba Buba-Biri made this known to newsmen in the capital, Gombe.
Buba-Biri noted that the 2017 farming season was marred by armyworm infestation, saying the only panacea is for farmers to provide adequate and timely report on this menace to the appropriate quarters – in order for proper measures to be taken.
“Previously we have experienced a lot of damage by armyworm, which was as a result of ignorance.
“I want to advise our farmers that as soon as they notice any change on their crops they should not hesitate to report to the Ministry of Agriculture.
“We have the Agricultural Development Programme technical officers who are on ground to attend to any complaint of this nature,” he said.
In his remarks, the commissioner mentioned that the state government had purchased 40,000 tonnes of improved maize seed for the season and has also distributed them to farmers across the 11 Local Government Areas of the state.
“We have procured 40,000 tonnes of improved maize seed for our farmers, because we want them to have bumper harvest,” Buba-Biri added.
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