The Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) has distributed a total of 679 tons of paddy rice to 2,400 women groups as well as 119 tons of Groundnut in 3 states of Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and FCT.
Solacebase reports that other inputs distributed include 5, 220 bags of NPK and fertilizer 2610 bags of UREA for the commencement of the rainy season farming.
WOFAN Executive Director, Hajia Salamatu Garba announced this at the launch of the 26th WOFAN women processing centre at Gargai town, Bebeji local government area, Kano State on Tuesday.
Hajia Salamatu said the gesture is in line with the organizational objectives to super mechanised farming for rural women and youths.
She said WOFAN’s aim is to improve and promote the economic, social and political empowerment of rural women and youth to transform agriculture into a business and develop positive linkages across all the agricultural value chains including access to finance technical know-how and nutrition upkeep.
According to her, 22 mini motorized transplanters, 22 portable shelling/milling motorized machines, 37 hand-held multi-crop harvesters ( reaper, thresher) were distributed to the women across the 3 states and the FCT to ease the consequences of the COVID- 19 pandemic and those affected by flood in the last season.
Hajia Salamatu Garba explained that WOFAN and its entire network introduced Tauraruwa rice since 2019 which is managed by women farmers from production to processing, marketing and now using it to produce about 42 different types of food products including our newly launched rice macaroni, rice pizza, rice cakes and rice crackers.
She noted that the initiative is supported by Mastercard Foundation.
Also, Bebeji local government council Chairman, Alhaji Sani Kantin Ranka while appreciating the efforts assured that his administration would collaborate with WOFAN so as to eradicate poverty and gainfully employ the women.
Appreciating WOFAN and Mastercard Foundation, the District Head of Bebeji Alhaji Tijjani Abdullahi said the initiative is a move to reduce unemployment among small scale women and youth farmers and to ensure quality production of agricultural products, especially rice and groundnut produce.
In a remark, Hajia Umma Ado and Hadiza Salisu, both women cluster leaders assured WOFAN that group members are now well-groomed to manage joint projects and hope that the intervention will support them generate more income and improve their family wellbeing.
Earlier WOFAN trained 600 male youths and 1,400 females to use APPS and phones through Extension workers to tract field results like weather and fertilizer application forecasts.