Women-small farmers and other stakeholders urged the FCT Administration to include them and youth farmers in the preparation and implementation of the agricultural budget in the territory.
The President of the Nigerian Small Farmers Association (SWOFON), Ms. Mary Afan, yesterday called Abuja at the "Consultative Stakeholder Meeting on the Agricultural Budget FCT 2019", organized by SWOFON and ActionAid Nigeria (AAN).
According to her, non-participation of women farmers in budgetary processes was one of the main factors contributing to the failure of budgets and food production in the FCT.
"Part of our common goal is to ensure movement from the use of chemical fertilizers to organic fertilizers. Too much of the chemical has a negative impact on the environment. Even more alarming is that many women farmers in PKT and throughout the country reject organic fertilizers because they are not sufficiently enlightened, "she said.
The SWOFON National Coordinator, Ms. Oma Baova Roberts, stated that the conference should make a successful implementation of the agricultural budget in PCT and beyond.
The head of the agriculture department of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Ms. Adaji Mary, who was represented by Ms. Sugra Taiba Mahmoud, said that the government is committed to ensuring food security and agricultural development in the country.
Agriculture Advocate ActionAid Mr. Azubike Nwoki said that if the importance of agricultural development is well understood, the FCT nearest to the location of the federal government should enjoy special privileges in budgeting and financing of agriculture, especially for women of small farmers who were the majority.