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Wheat Farmers Harvest 9,000 Tons Of Wheat In Gombe State, Nigeria by petsarena: 5:14pm On May 23, 2017
Chairman, Wheat Farmers Association of Gombe State, Mr Batari Dauda, said that 9,000 tons of wheat were harvested during 2016/2017 harvest season in the state.

Mr Dauda, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Monday, he said that 1,200 registered farmers cultivated 2,000 hectares of land across the state.

He described the yield as fairly good, but disclosed that the initial target was cultivate 10,000 hectares of land across the state.

He said the harvest was hindered by lack of quality seeds and farming implements.

“Most of the farmers said the seed they secured was plantable material, that is seed that was planted for over five years.

“This results to deterioration in terms of quality because the yield will not be good.

“Initially Lake Chad Research Institute brought us foundation seed, but the problem we have with them is that the seed is not sufficient, he said.

Dauda said those that were able to plant the crop early realized three to four tons on each hectare while those that planted late, realized between one and two tons per hectare.

“This is because the temperature has to be low before planting wheat because wheat does not grow during the rainy season, it can only be planted between first and last week of November”

“Therefore, a farmer must cultivate his land in October and wait for November to plant and harvest in March,” he explained.

The chairman however said that farmers had no problem getting market for the produce because the association had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigeria Millers Association.

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