13 January 2013

Nigeria: Gombe Farmers Bemoan Declining Price of Cotton

All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Gombe State chapter, has lamented the declining price of cotton in the market.

Alhaji Gambo Sarkin-Noma, secretary of the association, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday that a kilogramme of the commodity costs between N70 and N75.

He said the amount is too meagre, and appealed to the government to intervene in order to motivate farmers for increased production.

He also called on the government to provide farmers with insecticides, fertilisers and other agricultural inputs in order to boost cotton production in the state.

"We want government at all levels to re-double efforts in the 2013 farming season in assisting farmers to improve the economy," Sarkin-Noma said.

According to him, farmers are facing a lot of challenges such as lack of improved seeds and insecticides.

He commended the efforts of the federal government in providing improved cotton seeds to farmers in 2012 planting season.

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