Irrigation farmers in Tafoki, Faskari LGA of Katsina State have expanded the volume of their tomato production after their irrigation dam was dredged by the state government.
Last year, farmers in the area expressed concern on how the small dam they were using could not sustain them up to April considering the large irrigation fields they were cultivating; a situation that forced them to stagger the planting of their crops to meet the demand for water at a time.
One of the farmers said that since last year they have been recording significant improvement after the dredging of the irrigation dam: “We have recorded significant success in tomato farming, even at the low price of N1,300 per big basket. We expanded our irrigation fields considering the improvement on the water supply and so far we have not sold it beyond N1,000 (€2.42). If a farmer sells his tomato from N1,000 upward no doubt he will make some profit out of it.”
He added that besides the dredging of the dam about two years ago, last year the state government rehabilitated the water channels of the dam which helped in reserving enough water for irrigation.
“The first phase of irrigated tomato was planted October to November and a number of the farms were damaged by late rainfall which affected the supply chain in the market. This stabilizes the price of the products within the range of N3,000 to 5,000 (€7.26-12.10) until recently when it came down to N1,300.”