Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Gombe State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Ibrahim Sajo has advised farmers in the state to embrace the use of organic farming to boost soil fertility.
Mr Sajo gave the advice during an interview with the Newsmen in Gombe on Friday.
According to him, the use of organic fertilizer is key to sustaining the quality of the soil, as the continued use of chemical fertilizers depletes the soil while reducing crop yield over time.
He said, that the use of organic fertilizer and its awareness was increasingly gaining momentum across the globe as a result of the many benefits to the soil and crop.
Mr Sajo expressed concern that most farmers were still foot-dragging toward the acceptance of organic fertilizer, adding that in most parts of the world organic fertilizer use was gaining more acceptance.
“Having used chemical fertilizers for a long time, farmers need to buy organic in place of chemical fertilizers to restore soil fertility and get good crop yields and even more money for themselves.
He added that the Ministry was already linking farmers to experts and markets where farmers could access organic fertilizers, adding that all extension officers were ready to provide any help in that regard.