Farmers in Dutse begin planting after rainfall


 Farmers in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa have commenced planting for this year's farming season, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN correspondent in Dutse observed that farmers on Saturday morning went to their farms with different farm implements to till the land and plant crops.
The correspondent also visited many farming communities, and found that farmers were busy planting on their farms.
NAN also reports that there was a down pour on Saturday which lasted over one hour in Dutse Local Government Area.
In Dundubus village, a farmer, Malam Ahmad Umar, was together with his children harrowing and planting at the same time.
Umar told NAN that he was planting after he had earlier cleared and applied local manure on the farm.
The farmer said they were encouraged by the level of rain that had been recorded in the area this year.
Malam Sani Maigida, also a farmer in Madobi village, said himself and his friends in the area had already planted on their farms.
Maigida said farmers in the area were motivated to start planting by the volume of rain that had been recorded in the area.
Another farmer from Sakwaya village, Musa Ado, said he was optimistic of bumper harvest this season following the early arrival of the rain.
Musa said all farmers in the council were ready for this year's farming activities.
He, however, called on the state government to ensure early provision of fertiliser and other inputs to the farmers.
He noted that early distribution of fertiliser would ensure early application by farmers, thereby enhancing productivity.

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