Tanzania, Feb 12 – Maize farmers have asked the government to supply them with drought and pest resistant seeds to save the agricultural sector. With the prolonged drought that hit the ground and rendered the sector almost infertile for a long season, the farmers have asked for better seeds to curb such occurrences.
They have been extortionately exploited by private producers whose seeds’ prices are exorbitantly high, and seek to get access to affordable quality seeds from other venues.
New breeds of the maize crop have had a quantum leap, with the ability to produce more than before. For instance, the new breeds can yield up to four tonnes per acre. This is more than the recent half a tonne of the same piece of land. The productivity level will be able to feed the increasing population and perhaps an additional for exports.
The invasion of armyworms has been a disturbing issue in the African continent, which has robbed farmers the fruits of their hard work and labour. Governments have been left wondering how to curb the situation, spending so much in food security. Farmers have also lost most of their produce due to the invasion of the pest.
Maize is regarded as a staple food in a number of African countries, and highly attacked crop as well. This has led to increase hunger and poverty which countries are still deliberating on how to curb the situation.
Better farming methods could come in handy if the farmers could gain access to pesticides and fertilizers to protects their crops and add quality to them respectively. Educational platforms to help the farmers understand better farming practices could be offered to better their knowledge in their field of play.
Agricultural sector is considered a pivotal sector in most countries and its success would be a success to the economy of the individual nation.