farmAYEDUN(EKITI) – An Agriculture Extension Officer, Mr Durojaye Omole, has advised farmers in Ekiti not to plant crops following the rainfall recorded in the state on January 25.
Omole gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Ayedun, Ikole Local Government Area of the state.
He said the downpour which lasted for about three hours in Ayedun and its environs was not enough for cultivation, saying the dry season had not ended.
According to him, downpour in the middle or late January is normal and that farmers should use the opportunity to make adequate preparations for the commencement of farming season.
“Farmers should not be tempted by first or second rainfall of the year and rush in planting maize or other crops, instead they should embark on clearing of their farmlands.
“Do other necessary things required for a successful farming season and wait till March or early April for commencement of farming season,“ the expert said.
He also urged cassava farmers in the area to embrace the new cassava variety called “Vital Cassava’’, in the new farming season.
Omole said demand for the new variety was high and would fetch more money for growers.
He called on interested growers to visit offices of the Agricultural Development Programmes (ADP) in their respective areas and get the cassava stems.