The Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) has distributed farm equipment worth N7 million to 90 women farmers to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD).
In a statement by the Founder of WOFAN, Haija Salamatu Garba, said her organisation marked the day to support women farmers with farming equipment to boost food production in the country.
The founder of WOFAN said the organisation had also commissioned a multi-function processing centre for women farmers in Sintilmawa, Jigawa.
She said the equipment distributed included power tillers, combined maize harvesters, animal feed making machines, rice threshers, rice milling machines, seed planters, groundnut oil extraction machines and paddy rice to boost their group cooperative activities.
According to her, this will help reduce farm drudgery, increase income and dignity of the farmers while uplifting the wellbeing of women and bridge gender gaps.
“This is in line with the 2022 IWD theme, to break the bias in the agricultural sector,” she said.
She said woman faced a lot of challenges, and that most times they did not get paid after spending four to five days to shell a bag of groundnut or rice.
“This makes it difficult for women to get involved in agricultural activities because of hard labour; if they do not have machines to use on the farm.
“We at WOFAN are doing our best to see how to support these farmers, we try to encourage them and also see how to assist them to get loans,” she said.
NaijaEnvironment News reports that the WOFAN was established in June 1993 and incorporated with the Kano state Government as a community Development Association in 1995 and later and later registered with the corporate affairs commission in 2007 with its headquarters in Kano.
WOFAN partners and works with a mobilized, registered multipurpose cooperatives, CBOS, community service groups, private sectors and research institutions towards achieving a holistic development of the people.
The new outfit supports WOFAN’s strides in making a difference in pushing a people and community owned partnership and collaboration with all arms of governments, the private sector, NGOs, traditional and community structures as well as donor agencies.
This extra effort is expected to bring additional complementary strength and shared responsibilities in supporting the common goals of the less privileged, disadvantaged and the voiceless thereby assisting them scale up their enterprise skills and become managers of their own development.
Presently, WOFAN has 4,500 clusters of women, men and youth groups of 30 members per group across 7Northern States of Nigeria.