ADP warns farmers in Gombe against late planting of crops or risk stem-borer infestation

Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (GSADP) says cereal crops planted late are at high risk of stem-borer infestation.

Dr Joseph Kaltungo, the Director, Technical Service,  Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (GSADP)  said this in an interview  with  Nigeria News Agency in Gombe on Friday.

According to him, some farms in Gombe are destroyed by stem-borers following late planting of the crops.

He said although the rain started early in some places and late in others, adding that the ones that experienced late rainfall were at high risk of stem borer because of late planting.

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“The escape mechanism for stem borer is to plant early or look for early maturing varieties of crops.

“Those who were unable to plant early should make arrangements to apply some chemicals against the pest,” he said.

Stem-borer is a common pest in many African countries which makes holes in the stem of cereal crops.

He said during a visit to a Sasskawa Demonstration Farm in Filiya Shongom Local Government Area of the state, the entire farm was devastated by the pest.

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He said some farmers across the state reported similar cases to the ADP seeking for some technical support.

Kaltungo said the pest could be devastating if not addressed immediately because it mostly attacked the brain of the crops thereby distorting the growth process.

He said that even if the crops affected by stem borer were treated and some portions of the farm were recovered, definitely the yield would still be low.

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He advised farmers to inspect their farms regularly and report any changes to ADP for technical advice.

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