By: Oluwatosin Iyun
Women under the aegis of Small-scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) have said they will require a N1.5 billion federal government grant to boost agricultural investments and ensure food security.
The said grant according to the organisation will cover its over 500,000 members across the country and would be shared at N300,000 each to enable them supplement the losses they have incurred.
The National President SWOFON, Mary Ishaya, stated this at the presentation and dissemination of five year’s budget studies on agriculture at the national level organised by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).
The study comprises five states Anambra, Niger, Oyo, Nasarawa and Jigawa.
According to Ishaya, SWOFON members had lost about 95 percent of their agriculture investments in 2020 to insecurity, natural disasters that include flooding and drought.
On his part, the Lead Director of CSJ, Eze Onyekpere, lamented the attacks on women farmers in Nigeria stressing the need for more security.
He said “We are very much bothered about the attacks on women farmers in Nigeria because these are part of the challenges that these women face.
“They are calling for peace committees; they are calling for special squads and groups that will protect them from attacks in their farms.”