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Agric loan: Female farmers accuse ministry of marginalisation

Female farmers in Kano State under the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria have accused the state’s Ministry of Agriculture of sidelining them in the distribution of application forms for the N2bn agricultural loan.

The leader of the women farmers in the state, Hajiya Fatima Kiru, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Friday.

She said that no woman farmer has been able to access the form since the ministry started the sale.

“We have small, medium and large scale farmers among us. We see no reason why we should not benefit from the facility.

“The only one I got came from the chairman of the males’ wing of the association.”

According to her, there are over 25 registered women farmers in all the 44 local government areas of the state, adding that the farmers are operating under the auspices of AFAN.

She said that she had made several efforts to see the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Baraka Sani, but failed as she was always blocked by her aides.

She, therefore, called on the state government to investigate how the application forms were distributed and sold to farmers in the state.

When contacted, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Baraka Sani, denied the allegation.

The commissioner, who spoke through the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Alhaji Yunusa Garba, said the forms were sold to all interested farmers in the state.

“We announced the commencement of the sale of the forms in the media and for three weeks we were calling on people to come and purchase it.

“So for someone to come and complain to you is not being fair to the ministry,” he said.

NAN reports that the Kano State Government, in partnership with the Bank of Agriculture, will disburse the loan to farmers in the state.

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