We Can Feed The Nation -SWOFON
The Bauchi state coordinator of the Small Scale Women Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON) Hajiya Marka Abbas has said that if women farmers are supported, they can feed the nation.
She said this on Monday during a dialogue on the agricultural joint sector review and the biennial report review organized by ‘Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative’ (FAWOYDI) in partnership with ActionAid Nigeria.
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According to her, women are more prudent and economical than men adding that they have the capacity of utilizing minimum resources to achieve maximum results.
She therefore appealed to government to consider women farmers while drafting agricultural budget and sharing fertilizer and other farming inputs.
The project manager of the Bauchi State Agricultural Development Program (BSADP) Alhaji Jafaru Ilelah, speaking at the dialogue, commended the organizers of the meeting saying it was timely that the board would partner with non-governmental organizations to revamp agriculture in the state pointing out that government alone could not do it as it has too many responsibilities.
The program officer of FAWOYDI Mr Tosin Suberu explained that the meeting was aimed at assembling farmers and stakeholders in agriculture in the state and rubbing minds with a view to boosting food production to achieve hunger free society.
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He recommended that the state government should increase its budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector to at least 10 per cent in line with the ‘malabo declaration’ to which the state is a signatory.
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