Extend cotton farming to dry season, Katsina farmers urged

The Katsina State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KTARDA) in collaboration with the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, has called on the farmers in the state to embrace cotton production during the dry season.

Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Masari on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Abba Yakubu Abdullah made the call at a Farmers’ Field Day on Irrigated Cotton Production.

Dr Abdallah said, the decision was sequel to the Federal Government’s plan to establish a textile and garment cluster in Funtua local government area of the state.

He said the state government had already established six demonstration farms at Sulma in Kafur, Ruwan-Sanyi, Makera, Ajiwa, Sabke and Barebari irrigation sites.

He explained that the cottons that are being produced during rainy season could not be enough for the proposed textile and garment cluster.

The special adviser noted that countries like Egypt, Burkina Faso and Niger republic produced large quantity of cotton through irrigation.

He said “In Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, 80 per cent of cotton is being produced from dry season farming. In Egypt, the government has appointed Minister for Dry Season Farming.

In his remarks, representative of the Director of the IAR, Dr Yahaya Abdallah, said the institute would continue to advice government on how to improve cotton production in the state through dry season farming.

Dr Abdullah said “No country can improve cotton production without using dry season farming. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have gone far in cotton production mainly through dry season farming.”

Also speaking, Alhaji Abdussalam Musa, representative of Cotton Producers and Merchants Association of Nigeria advised farmers to embrace cotton farming.

Musa commended Katsina state government for initiating various interventions aimed at boosting cotton production in the state.

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