VEGETABLE FARMERS SOLICIT GOVT’S SUPPORT

Posted by Adaora Anozie

On November 17, 2015
Vegetable farmers in Anioma Greenland, Abakpa Nike, Enugu, have requested for government’s assistance with the acquisition of fertilizers, agrochemicals like insecticides, pesticides and mini water pumping machines at subsidized rates.
The farmers when interviewed in their various farms said they are interested in growing more vegetables round the year, if their demands are met. Their spokesperson, Mrs. Agu said they have to plant with the little resources they have; adding that the proceeds from the sales are not usually enough to cater for their needs as well as their children’s.  
“It is their desire to farm on more than two hectares of land as we are currently working on only one hectare per member,” she said.
She also stressed that if the government will not help them after the meeting, they will not be proud to call themselves full citizens because, according to her, they are being neglected and marginalised. She also stated that the state government knows how greatly they contribute to the food sufficiency drive but has just neglecting their efforts because they have no mouthpiece.
One of the farmers, Mrs. Maria Nworie said they need improved species of vegetables of all kinds and that if the government can provide them with their needs, they would also flood the market with vegetables, all year long.
Culled from AgroNigeria