The Manager-Agrochemical, Dizengoff, Stephen Adeniran, has charged farmers across the country of the need to take pest control measures seriously during planting and field preparations.
Adeniran, gave the advice to farmers in Lagos while reviewing the company’s progress in the Agric sector in recent times.
According to him, going by experiences in recent past, it will be suicidal for any farmer to overlook or take the issue of pest control with levity not only during cultivation and after, but also very important during the process of preparing the field for planting.
Adeniran, while addressing the issue of efficacy and safety of chemicals in dealing with the menace of pests emphasised the importance of choosing the right type of agrochemicals, adhering by the label instruction on usage and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“Going by the experiences of the recent past in the sector, it will be suicidal for any farmer to overlook or take the issue of pest control with levity not only during cultivation and after, but very important during the process of preparing the field for planting. It starts from there, and this also goes for other agric forms.
“Pests are a great threat, especially to any crop producing enterprise and it’s a serious issue. Because, they have the capability to reduce and in some instances cause total crop failure, as we have witnessed in parts of this country in recent past where entire farming communities were devastated by the invasion of pest
“So pest control is an important integral part of crop production which must start with preparing the field for cultivation, and it is a key part of the mix during and after planting. I will advise that farmers consider it as such in order to achieve overall success during harvest no matter the farm type or scale of operation. Start with pest control,” he said.
“Take maize crop farming for instance where farmers were caught off guard and experienced huge losses about two years ago due to the devastation of their farmlands by pests. The resulting bad harvest of that year was felt for a long time. So we say take enough precautions by using appropriate agrochemicals beginning with the land preparation stage to control the breeding of harmful insects before you cultivate the land.