Mr. Umoroye Jacobs, Chairman, Cassava Growers Union (CGU), Abua /Odual Chapter, Rivers State, has called on cassava farmers in the area to adopt scientific methods in the fight against pests.
Jacobs who stated this on Monday during the Union’s 2016 end of year activities in Abuja noted that apart from weeds, pests remain one of the major enemies to the cassava farmers.
He pointed out that pests have been known to attack during the dry and wet seasons with the attendant consequences of low productivity records from farmers.
He urged the farmers to take advantage of the services rendered by the state Ministry of Agriculture in particular and the services of the various District Agric officers across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Jacobs who bragged of large hectares of cassava farm in his local government area advised other state governments to make available inputs like herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers as well as soft loans to farmers in the state to enable them to cope with the challenges of operating bigger farms.
“Although the government of Governor Nyesom Wike is doing its best in promoting agricultural development, we still call on the state to make available pesticides, herbicides and soft loans for cassava farmers in the state.
The occasion was used to review the successes and failures of the union with a view to charting a way forward for the year 2017.