Women farmers in Gombe have called on the state government to release the funds allocated to the Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) in its 2020 budget.
The fund, a N35 million budget, was said to have been passed for the association but it was yet to be released, according to Mrs. Airudia Mamman, State Chairperson of SWOFON.
The group, in Mamman’s remarks, had experienced difficulty in accessing essential inputs and credit facilities, even before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She added that the pandemic had further complicated the group’s plight with no signs of financial assistance in view.
Mamman said the group was “appealing for timely disbursement of the N35 million allocated for SWOFON in 2020 state budget
“The amount allocated for SWOFON if released will go a long way in boosting food production in the state, particularly among women who produced over 60 percent of the food consumed,” she stated.
The group also commended governor of the state, Yahaya Inuwa for his efforts in boosting the state’s agriculture through input distribution.
She, however, beckoned on the government to release the allocated funds and support the women in their course.