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Harmattan : Agriculturist says successful farming season awaits palm tree farmers


IDO (EKITI) – An Agriculturist, Mr Olatebi Fadebi, has predicted that a successful farming season awaits palm tree farmers in 2015, following the severe harmattan being experienced across the country, [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]especially in the Southern part.
Fadebi stated this on Monday in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ido in Ido/Osi Local [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]Government Area of Ekiti state.
He noted that the harmattan started early in December 2014 and its effect on fruits bearing palm trees [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”8″][pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]would be unimaginable “because harmattan play vital role in palm fruits production.“
The agriculturist observed that the decline in palm oil production in 2014 was due to the short harmattan period experienced late 2013 and early 2014.
He predicted that palm oil production would increase and farmers would have a successful farming year, thereby increasing their income.
Fadebi advised farmers whose palm plantations are bushy to do the weeding and other farming works on time to prevent fire occurrence which might have negative consequences on their farms.
He urged interested farmers to invest more in palm tree planting and other cash crops as their own contribution to the nation’s economic diversification.
He further said harmattan was a good season for other fruit bearing trees such as cashew and kola-nut trees and called for massive involvement of Nigerians in the agriculture sector.(NAN)

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