Following devastating flooding in parts of the country, farmers under the auspices of Smallholder Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) have advised Federal Government to take deliberate steps to mitigate the effect on farmers to avert food crisis nationwide.
Guardian reports that the National President of SWOFON, Mary Afan, who gave the hint, yesterday, in Abuja, at an event organised by International Budget Partnership, warned that failure of relevant agencies to improve security and financial aid for farmers will result in high cost of food, increased hunger and worsened food security status of the country.
Stressing that the women have lost all they planted, Afan lamented the lack of seeds for planting during the next farming season, calling on government to grant waivers on all agricultural loans and debts owed during wet season farming.
The waivers, according to her, will raise farmers’ morale and motivate them to start cultivating in the dry season. She also stressed the need for swift procurement of farm input and equipment, especially, fertilisers and water pumps for dry season farming.