By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
Cassava growers/farmers in Umuahia has been advised to embrace the best agricultural practices in their future scheduled planting season.
The Agric Extension Agent Coordinator in Umuahia North L.G.A., Nze Placidus Eberendu gave the advice while educating cassava farmers under the umbrella of JEMACK Multipurpose Corporative Society, Umuahia noted that this has become necessary for increase yield.
He noted that as an emerging concept, smart agriculture means managing farms using modern Information and Communication Technologies to increase the quantity and quality of products while optimizing the human labour required.
“In smart farming, there are certain parameters to be considered such as the type of crop, properties of soil, climate etc. Depending upon these parameters, farmers decide which crop to be cultivated at what time of the year and place.”
Similarly, the Chairman JEMACK Multipurpose Corporative Society Umuahia North, Deacon Keleb Ogwe noted that Agribusiness remained the best for Nigeria and not petroleum products, adding that Malaysia out of their wisdom came down to Nigeria, took palm seeds and planted in their country, which today they are financially vibrant while Nigeria abandoned theirs for petroleum products which is no longer yielding meaningful dividends.
“Agribusiness remained the best for Nigeria and not oil. That was where we were before oil well came out to deceive us. Despite warnings that someday in the future we will regret our actions, we felt that agriculture was strenuous and we started drilling oil and dollars were flowing in. Now we have seen it. The oil did not last forever and everything has collapsed.”
While assuring that JEMACK will give her support to the government’s policy on agriculture.