Farmers in Oyo State on Thursday expressed happiness following better yield experienced during their second set of maize harvesting in 2017.
Mr Olumide Ayinla, the state Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.
He said the high yield was due to adequate rainfall and the sensitisation programme held for farmers on prevention of armyworm pest by research institute.
“We have better maize yield this year than last year because of the improvement in the rains, rice farmers also started planting about four weeks ago and the rice is germinating well.
“We hope the rain continues till November.
“Also the sensitisation on how to plant maize, prevent/reduce the armyworm pest invading maize farms, by research institute, especially Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) helped us to get the good yield.
“The herbicide sold to us at a subsidised rate at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture supported us too,” he said.