Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Government should do more to help us - farmers

12 January 2013, 08:18

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 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 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.

He commended the efforts of the Federal Government in providing improved cotton seeds to farmers during the 2012 farming season.

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.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...