By Doris Esa
On Thursday, the federal government rolled out agricultural input distribution to about 7,500 small-scale women farmers in north-central states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, who made this known to Abuja during the event, said the contributions were part of the mitigation measures against the effect of the COVID-pandemic. 19.
“I am pleased to be here with you today to roll out agricultural input distribution to approximately 7,500 small-scale women farmers in North Central and CTF states.
“As you may know, one of the cardinal points of this administration is to increase production and reduce waste.
“To achieve this, there is a deliberate policy of including 35% of women in all ministry activities.
“However, today’s business is different because it’s a women’s business to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on them.
“It is also to commemorate International Women’s Day 2021 with the theme: Choose to challenge.
“Today, the ministry supports around 7,500 women with valuable kits (plant material, growth promoter and agrochemicals) in yams, cassava, potatoes, soybeans, rice, maize, sesame, ginger, sorghum / millet, cowpea and horticultural crops.
“In addition, nutritional value kits will be distributed to women today. The choice of crops is based on the comparative advantage of its production.
“Again, because women are disadvantaged in inheriting land in Nigeria, the use of sacks and vertical farming are being popularized and the techniques will be demonstrated.
“The ministry, in addition to distributing inputs to women, also distributes production and processing equipment in an effort to reduce drudgery, improve efficiency, reduce production costs, and improve product and product quality. operations.
“It will also help them build productive assets that they normally cannot afford,” he said.
The minister urged beneficiaries to use inputs, materials and equipment wisely to produce quality food for the nation.
“I also call on other stakeholders to provide similar support to farmers so that together we can overcome hunger and poverty in the country and become self-sufficient in the production of food and raw materials, as well as mitigate some of the negative effects of COVID-19. pandemic, ”he said.
CTF Minister Alhaji Mohammed Bello recognized the resilience of hard-working Nigerian women farmers.
He said the event was important because it would ease the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today’s event means building the local economy, the deployment of agricultural inputs will enable our women to intensify agriculture to improve productivity,” he said.
In addition, Minister of Women’s Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen, who expressed her joy for the contributions, noted that history was being made at the event because it was a prayer. granted for women.
The minister, who called on all women in office to support other women, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
Ms. Mary Afan, a national of the Organization of Small Farmers of Nigeria (SWOFON), assured the Minister of Agriculture that she would ensure increased production to enhance food security.
She urged the federal government to improve safety on farms to increase food production. (NOPE)
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