CSOs Urge Enhanced Funding for Kwara Small-holder Farmers

Date: 2024-05-14

According to a news report from Voice of Nigeria, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has advocated for increased budgetary allocation to support small-holder farmers in Kwara State, situated in the North-Central region of Nigeria.

The coalition emphasised that such augmentation would facilitate more efficient planning and implementation of government interventions within the agricultural sector.

During a press briefing in Ilorin on Monday, the CSOs scrutinised the 2024 Kwara agriculture budget, highlighting concerns over its inadequacy.

Representing the CSOs, Mr Abdurrahman Ayuba, the Executive Director of the Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication (CCEPE), underscored the significant disparity between the allocation for agriculture in 2024 compared to the previous year, 2023.

”The budget in 2023 was 2.12 per cent, while that of 2024 is just 1.49. There was a drop of 0.63 per cent. The 1.49 per cent is far below the international benchmark.

”We, therefore, urge the government to increase its agriculture budget to meet the 10 per cent Maputo/Malabo Declaration and Commitment.

”Also, there should be improved budgetary provision for the small-holder farmers, for hand-held devices, such as mini-tractors, weeders and planters, which will reach more farmers than the big tractors they find difficult to access and maintain.

”We, however, observed that in the 2024 agriculture budget, women in agriculture, received N11,379,900, which represents 0.26% of the total budget.

”This is commendable, when compared to what was provided in the year 2023, which was a paltry sum of N3,000,000; this is encouraging,” he said.

Equipment & Training

Ayuba called on government to do more for women in agriculture, especially in the area of women-friendly farming equipment and value addition.

”We advise the state government to also seek collaboration with relevant stakeholders, like National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation, NCAM, for production of farmer- friendly equipment like mini-tractors, weeders, etc,” he said.

He recommended continuous training for women farmers on modern farming techniques and best practices in order to increase productivity in the agriculture value chain.

”The committee has observed persistent zero budgetary allocation for farmers on access to credit; we encourage the government to allocate funds to this key area.

”The funds can be used for capacity building by the ministry of agriculture and natural resources to educate women farmers and support them on how to access available credit facilities with commercial banks and microfinance banks,” he said.

The CSOs like Welfare for Children and Teenagers Initiative, Fulfilling Dreams Foundation, Worthy Life Education/Health Foundation and FEMCOM were represented at the occasion.

 


Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Minimum Wage     Jimba Babatunde     Al-Adaby     Jimoh Bashir     Ilofa     Ndama Al-hassan     Erubu     Saraki     Olaiya Zuberu     Bola Olukoju     Olusegun Adeniyi     Sheikh Ridhwanullah     Oba Sulaiman Asude     3MTT     Mohammed Katsina Ahmed     Apata Ajele Secondary School     Surajudeen Akanbi     Abdulbaqi Jimoh     Bello Bature     Ibrahim Gambari     Sulyman Age AbdulKareem     Kola Ologbondiyan     Yusuf Mubarak     Siddiq Adebayo Idowu Salawu     Jamiu Oyawoye     Tunji Ajanaku     Kwara State University Of Education     Gobirawa     Durbar     Toyosi Thomas     Garba Idris Ajia     Nagode     Yusuf Amuda Abubakar     Kwara North     Haleeman Salman     Belgore     Kwara University Of Education     Olabimpe Olani     Okedare     UNIFEMGA     Eghe Igbinehin     Saliu Ajibola Ajia     Bond     Pius Abioje     Bursary     Musa Abdullahi     Oloje     Adekunle David Dunmade     Jide Ashonibare     Segun Abifarin     Simeon Sayomi     Yomi Adeboye     Yakubu Gobir     Neuropsychiatric Hospital     Sarakite     CCEPE     Isiaq Khadeejah     General Hospital, Ilorin     Oyelere Oyinloye     Yakubu Shaaba     Mahmud Ayinla Giwa     Aliyu Olatunji Ajanaku     Wahab Isa     Wahab Egbewole     Opobiyi     Oba Abdulraheem     IEDPU     David Oyepinola Adedumoye     Kunle Suleiman     Saka Abimbola Isau     PAACO-PCL Consortium     Ibrahim Sulu Gambari     Oladimeji Thompson     Oko-Olowo     Ilorin East     Abdulhakeem Adelaja Amao     Budo-Egba    

Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Ishak Mohammed Sabi     Vasolar Consultoria     Soffiyyallah Kamaldeen     Kwabes     Aminu Ado Bayero     Ghali Muhammed     Henry Makinwa     Osi     Baba Issa Awoye     KWAFFA     Medinat Folorunsho Salman     Modibbo Kawu     Taofik Abiodun Ahmed     Shuaib Olarongbe     Women Radio     Gbenga Adebayo     PharmAccess Foundation     Kawu Baraje     Ademola Kiyesola     Abdulfatai Salman Baakini     Sheikh Ridhwanullah     Olajumoke Monsura Gafar     Saudat Abdulbaqi     Oko-Erin     Coalition Of Kwara North Groups     Ibrahim Labaika     Tunji Arosanyin     Iqra Books     KWASEIC     Ohoro Of Shao     Mashood Dauda     Tsaragi/Share     ER-KANG Mining Nigeria Company Limited     Shao     Tinubu Legacy Forum     Emir Of Ilorin     KWASSIP     HAMFAT Clinic And Maternity     Shehu Alimi Foundation For Peace And Development     Lai Mohammed     Temi Kolawole     Stephen Fasakin     Amada Jidda     Principal Private Secretary     Tayo Alao     Oniwasi Agbaye     Royal FM     Sarkin Malamai     Ramadhan     Sodiya     Busari Alabi Alausa     Razaq Atunwa     Okin Biscuit     HYPPADEC     Asiwaju Bola Tinubu     Kayode Ibrahim     Al-Ilory     Kayode Alabi     Kumbi Titilope     Raimi Iyanda     Yakubu Shaaba     United Nigeria Congress Party     Quranic Recitation Competition     AGILE Programme     Shehu Alimi Foundation     Kwara State Sports Commission     Sheikh Ridhwanullah El-ilory     Students Union Government     Maigida     Kola Shittu     Hydro-electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission     Abdulkadir Jimoh     Hikmah AbdulKareem     Coronavirus     Funmi Salau     Aliyu Olatunji Ajanaku     Okin Group