FCT farmers have cried out insecurity in the land, asking the federal government to urgently take up the challenge to allow them to return to their farms.
The women say threats to farmer safety resulting from the conflict between farmers and farmers in various CTF communities have become unbearable and now require government intervention.
Women under the umbrella of the Small Scale Women Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON) made the appeal on Friday at a one-day state-level stakeholder consultative meeting for the 2022 agricultural budget in Abuja.
Group coordinator Comfort Sunday lamented that clashes between pastoralists and farmers in CTF communities are wreaking havoc among farmers, calling on the government to take urgent action to prevent local women farmers from being harassed and killed in their homes. firm.
Comfort said: “The main reason for our meeting today is to talk about the challenges we face in each regional council and to inform the government about these challenges. In Bwari Regional Council, a boy is in the hospital due to the challenges of these shepherds, so we implore the government to help us.
“We are human beings and we cannot survive without food because food is a basic need. Even when you’re in the office, you can’t concentrate well without food. In the morning we have lunch, in the afternoon we have lunch and in the evening we have dinner. While eating, let’s try to think about where the food is coming from so that we know how to support those who produce these farm products because it is not easy for a human being to get into the bush, just to put things in. order ”.
“Most of the time we don’t have money to grow crops, but we do our best to survive because the government doesn’t give us loans to support us. After all our struggles, at the end of the day, we don’t reap anything because of the shepherds. We call on the government to help us, this insecurity affects us very well.
The group also insisted on the need to prioritize budget allocations to the agriculture sector.
“The CTF would need to dramatically improve the allocation to the extension service as a measure to fill the gap in this area of service to farmers. Increased expenses for logistical support and qualified personnel would be required to improve the service.
“The allocation to the agricultural sector should be given priority attention in the CTF in accordance with the Maputo Declaration to improve food and nutrition security in the CTF as well as to increase the livelihoods of women farmers and their contribution to agricultural development in accordance with the general government gender policy. inclusion of gender in all government programs and projects at all levels, ”the group added.