Prof. Michael Uguru, a lecturer in the Department of Crop Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has warned farmers in Nsukka and its environs not to begin cultivation with the early rains in the year via Voice of Nigeria
Uguru gave the warning saying that it is a threat risk for any farmer to go into cultivation for the new farming season without having a water reservoir in his farm.
“Farmers should not start planting
crops because of Monday night rain unless the farmer has stored water in
tanks in his farm to water crops if it did not rain very soon.
Without water, planted crops may roast in the ground or have stunted growth because of heat,’’ the don said.
He urged farmers, who did not store water to use the period of the early rain in clearing the bush and do other pre-planting work until the rains set in fully.
Uguru said that for Nigeria to achieve food security, farmers must have access to water irrigation in their farms across the federation.
He added that water irrigation would enable farmers to engage in all season farming in the country.