Irrigation farmers in Damaturu, Yobe State, have appealed to the government for assistance in providing good water supply in preparation for the forth coming dry season farming.
The farmers who made this plight while speaking to journalists in the state urged the government to support them with water pumps and other farm inputs to enhance the state agricultural revitalization programme.
One of the farmers in Damaturu, Mamudu Sani, said that his farm was greatly affected by the floods and he intends to makeup for the loss through irrigation farming.
“I lost a substantial part of my farm to the flood, this is why l will go into irrigation immediately after the rainy season.
“We need water pumps and seedlings to be fully engaged in dry season irrigation farming to recover from our loss”, he said.
Another farmer at Damagun, Abubakar Saleh, said there is a potential for irrigated farming to excel availability of rivers and wetlands. He said the downstream of river Ngeji had enough water suitable for irrigation.
“The Ngeji wetlands have potentials for irrigation as the volume of water on the Ngeji plains is much and would keep the soil wet for a long time, making the area suitable for irrigation.
‘We have similar wetlands in Ngalda, Gashua, Nguru, Giedam, Muguram, and Jakusko, among others, that are suitable, ” Saleh said.
Other farmers also implored the support of the state government to enable imprived engagement in dry season farming activities.