Small -scale women farmers organization of Nigeria, (SWOFAN), have called on Gombe state government to release their funds as stated in the budget to support the organization.
The chairman of the African women farmers forum, Hajiya Zainab Isah Ara, made the call during it’s annual meeting With the theme “women farmers forum 2021, held at the Hajia Amina Mohammadu Inuwa Hall, Gombe.
Hajiya zainab Isah Ara said, the women farmers constitutes about 70% of food producers in Nigeria, that is why women are in the key front in terms of production, value change and even in marketing where they played a vital role in producing.
She therefore, appealed to Governor Muhammad inuwa yahaya, to release the budgetary allocation funds to women farmers in the state to boost food production and ensure food security.
She added that , women are the face of poverty in Africa therefore, the state government should employ extension workers to train small holders women farmers on proper use of agro-chemicals and other Agricultural Technics.
Hajiya Zainab, commended the Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammad inuwa yahaya, in providing condusive and also an enabling environment as well as the support giving to the women farmers in the state.
In her opening remarks, the chairperson of SWOFAN, Mrs Sara Yapuwa who commended the Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya led administration, said the present administration has done a lot to women farmers in the state explaining that thirty-five million naira was allocated to them in the 2021 fiscal year budget, hoping that it will be increased in the 2022 budget.
Earlier Gombe state Governor Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa yahaya, who was represented by Dr. Ishiyaku, special adviser on budget planning and donor coordination, explained the reason why the funds were not released, to be, the impact of covid 19 global pandemic on the world economy which affect the country and the state revenue as well.
Dr. Ishiyaku, assured that the state government under the able leadership of governor Muhammad inuwa yahaya, will engage with the ministry of Agriculture to see if there is a phase to release the funds, so that women farmers will continue there activities.
Ibrahim Salisu Hina