Local farmers in Anambra State have been advised to make their farming easier by making use of tractors made available by the state government in for the 2019 farming season.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Agriculture, Chief Charles Okadigbo, gave the advice in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Achalla, the headquarters of Awka North Local Government Area.
According to him, the Anambra State Government procured tractors for hire to enable farmers do their farming business with much ease rather than the old practice of using matchete and hoe, which is usually tidious for them .
Chief Okadigbo noted that “when farmers use tractors to plough and harrow their farmlands before planting crops, it would no doubt lead to bumper harvest, which will in turn mean more food for the state and the country at large.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, who is also a rice farmer, however appealed to government to always make available seedlings and fertilizers for farmers timely enough to encourage early cultivation, which would save the planted crops from impending flooding
He also enumerated some of the challenges confronting local farmers in Awka North.
They include poor condition of feeder roads and cattle headers menace, especially in Achalla community.
Chief Charles Okadigbo appealed to both federal and state governments to encourage local farmers in anyway they could in other to ensure food security in the country.