Gombe - 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
cost between N70 and N75. He said the amount was too meager, and
appealed to the government to intervene in order to motivate farmers for
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 double efforts during the 2013
farming season in assisting farmers as it will improve the
economy,” Sarkin-Noma said. According to him, farmers are facing a lot
of challenges which include lack of improved seeds and insecticides.
commended the efforts of the Federal Government in providing improved
cotton seeds to farmers during the 2012 farming
Also speaking on the issue, a cotton farmer and dealer, Alhaji
Habu Maikaho, said a tonne of cotton which used to cost about N200,000
in the past had now been reduced to between N75,000 and N80,000. He said
the low price of cotton would not encourage
farmers to grow the commodity.