By Rabiu Musa
A farmer in Kano state, revealed that net system has greatly improved rice farming by protecting farms from aperiodic problem of birds’ invasion.
The multi-purpose farmer, Mal. Sabiu Abubakar, 51, who doubles as Secretary General of Tanawa Farmers Association, made this known in an exclusive interview with Farmers Voice on Sunday.
He said ‘’birds and insects are dangerous to farms and whenever they invade, they could wipe out farm produce in a matter of minutes or hours depending on the size’’.
The birds’ invasion, according to him, ‘’is sometimes the major factor responsible for food shortage not only in Kano but Nigeria in general’’.
He said, ‘’birds and insects destroy rice and wheat farms more than any other crop but with the help of the net system, the fear of the threat has greatly reduced’’.
Mal. Sabiu explained to Farmers Voice that ‘’the net is not visible to the insects and birds when spread on the farm, therefore, if they land on it, they will be trap and will not be able to free themselves’’.
He advised rice and wheat farmers particularly during irrigation to deploy the strategy and protect their farms against the threat.