farmers advise against use of inorganic fertiliser


 Mr Francis Makwin, a lecturer in the Department of Crop Production, University of Jos, has advised farmers to desist from applying inorganic fertilisers on their crops.
Makwin gave the advice during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos.
According to him, the use of organic fertiliser allows crops to make better and quality yields than the inorganic one, stating that the latter has too much chemical contents.
He explained that the chemical content in the inorganic fertiliser usually affects the productive capacity of the soil, hence reducing its live span.
The crop production expert expressed fears that the continuous use of inorganic fertilisers by farmers could lead to food scarcity in the country.
''There is the need for our farmers to depend solely on the use of organic fertiliser on their farms.
''The inorganic fertiliser is full of chemicals, and chemicals are not good for the soil, because it reduces its productive capacity and life span.
''If we keep applying inorganic fertiliser, I am afraid that in the nearest future, we may not be able to eat food in this country,'' he said.
He called on government and relevant agencies to ensure prompt and affordable availability of organic fertilisers to farmers so as to boost productivity and forestall food scarcity in the country. 

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