Bauchi – Women farmers in Bauchi state under the aegis of Small Scale Women Farmers of Nigeria (SWOFON) have decried nonavailability of agricultural inputs to boost their farming activities.
The State Coordinator of SWOFON, Mrs Makka Abbas, in a press release issued to newsmen on In Bauchi, said that the farmers did not get agricultural inputs from the state government this year like their counterparts in other states to support them.
“Our members in Gombe, Jigawa and Kano states got seven cartons of herbicides for rice and maize each and their members are registered in agricultural food and Job plan project.
“N3.5 million was allocated to Gombe state small scale women farmers in the 2020 state agriculture budget, but women farmers here are left behind in the Bauchi state budget.
“Even the groundnut oil factory allocated to small scale women farmers by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in the state to support the smallholder women farmers in Darazo local government is yet to commence operation,” she said.
She then urged the directorate to hasten the commissioning of the factory so that it would start working and enable women who farm groundnuts to process them and market their products to maximize profits.