The North-East Commodity Association (NECAS) says it is targeting 20 hectares for cotton production and has mobilised nearly 10, 000 farmers in Gombe to boost it in the state.
Mr. Yahaya Umar, the Gombe State Head of Agriculture,who made this known in Gombe on Monday, stressed that the cultivation of cotton in the North-east sub-region needed a boost to meet local and export demands.
Umar stated that the focus of the association is to enhance the production of cotton in the sub-region, specifically in Gombe, adding that the target for the state is 20, 000 hectares.
He said that in 2018, NECAS had supported cotton farmers to participate in Nigerian government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, adding that in 2019, the farmers would also be given necessary assistance to boost their production.
According to him, NECAS had introduced ‘exportable commodity’ project to encourage cotton farming by ensuring that improved seedlings and extension services were provided from the period of cultivation to harvesting.
On the availability of a market for the produce, Umar said “we already have partners that will buy their produce no matter how huge it is. The fear of who will buy is no longer there.
We will ensure that those who have been mobilised are adequately assisted from cultivation to harvesting and ultimately marketing’’.
Umar appealed to farmers not to divert loans meant for cotton farming into other purposes but complement government efforts to boost the agricultural sector.
Source: Voice OF Nigeria