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Inadequate rain threatens good harvest in Ekiti communities

30 April 2015, 11:16

Ilasa - Farmers in Aba-Igbira and Ilasa in Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti, on Wednesday said that there might be poor harvest due to inadequate rainfall.

The farmers said in Ilasa that crops like vegetables and corn planted late March had withered due to no rainfall in the area in the last three weeks.

According to one of the farmers, Audu Idoko, the fear among the farmers is that their crops might dry up if the situation continued for a few more days.

"Farmers commenced full planting in late March and early April when rain began to fall with the belief that we have entered the raining season.

"But there had not been rainfall in the past three weeks and our maize, vegetables and yams are drying up," he said.

Idoko said a downpour in the next few days would save hectares of maize from drying up completely.

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Another farmer, Jacob Laniyan, said many farmers now look up to the sky for signs of possible rainfall every time.

Laniyan said he had one and half hectares of maize farm, adding that the maize might wither if the rain refuses to come soonest.

Anthonia Agabi, a vegetable farmer, said the farm she cultivated in late March had begun to show signs of inadequate water to survive.

Agabi said only a small portion of vegetable farm cultivated along a river bed would survive the challenge posed by the delay in rainfall.

She called on other farmers to pray to the Almighty for the rain to come because only God is capable of solving the problem and not the government.



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