Women farmers in Bauchi. Photo: Independent Newspaper Nigeria
By Ahmed Ahmed
Coalition of Civil Society Organizations under the Public Finance in Agriculture (PFA) Budget Committee in Bauchi state has lamented the high cost of agricultural inputs caused by fuel scarcity was affecting women smallholder farmers in the country.
Hajiya Asma’u Yahaya, the executive director, Women with Disability Integrity Development Initiative (WDIDI), made the lamentation while briefing journalists on behalf of the committee on Tuesday in Bauchi.
The briefing was the State PFA Budget Committee and Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWODYI) in collaboration with smallholder Women Farmers Network and Small Scale Women Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON) with support from Actionaid Nigeria.
She said that the committee also deemed it fit to comment on the budgetary allocation to agriculture which is primarily rain-fed.
“With the advent of the current economic crisis in the country, the smallholder Women Farmers who are known for the production of over 60 percent food consumed in the state are facing a series of hard times caused by the partial fuel scarcity.
“The development that has led to the high cost of market prices of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, simple labour saving technologies, and seedlings, is becoming unaffordable for farmers, especially women.
“Before the emergence of fuel scarcity, smallholder women farmers were already faced with low and difficult access to credit, essential inputs, improved seeds and seedlings, organic and non-organic fertilizers,” she said.
Hajiya Yahaya also said, “Looking at the period of May to August which is a planting season for all farmers.It is pertinent to say that food crisis will continue looming in the state and country at large.” she said.