Farmers in the country have received the raining season with joy as the rains begin to fall. It is pertinent that water is life, as crops cannot survive without adequate supply of water.
In an interview with Celevids News, Mr. Edosa Obasogie a five hectres watermelon farmer based in Etinosa in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Edo State, stated that he has started land preparation to be followed by planting of the watermelon seeds with the hope that this year will bring a bumper harvest.
Below are excepts of the interview with Mr. Obasogie:
Q: What kind of farming do you practice?
“All these years, i have been practicing peasant/crude kind of agriculture but with the intervention of government agricultural programs, we have been able to carry out mechanized kind of farming”.
Q: Can you tell us more about this mechanized farming?
“Government has been assisting the farmers like me to prepare our farmlands with their tractors by ploughing and harrowing our farms for a fee which is minimal. Through this method, the local farmer like me has been enhanced to increase his capacity of farm production”.
Q: Are there other things you get from the government apart from the use of their tractors?
“Yes. Our government do provide us with other inputs such as seeds; chemicals like herbicides for control of weeds; and pesticides for control of pests on our farms”.
Q: How do you foresee the outcome of this year’s planting season?
“By the grace of God, we are hopeful that this year’s harvest will be good, bearing in mind that with the assistance of our good government this year’s produce will be high”.
Q: What impact has the COVID 19 pandemic had on your farming activities?
“We farmers were badly affected because of the lockdown at the initial time before the government now eased the lockdown restrictions for us farmers to continue our farming activities. Some of our produce at the initial time were wasted in the farm. This equally affected the market price of our produce.”
Q: A word of advice to your fellow farmers out there
” I will advice all farmers to be dedicated to their farm business so that we can all have a good harvest this year. I will also encourage them to begin farming activities as soon as possible since the rains are already here.”