Women groups trained and strengthened on improved agricultural practices and parboiling to enhance Rice and groundnut production and jerk up local consumption as part of the WOFAN/ CARI joint project are now championing a community inputs revolving scheme,which includes access to certified inputs, agro-chemicals , protective clothing’s, irrigation and parboiling/ oil extraction equipment, fertilizers after they have completed a 3 months weekly training on the seasonal calendar
in partnership with WOFAN/ICRISAT and agricultural Extension field officers.
The total revolving and in–kind loan arrangement supports 990 male farmers and 4,020 women processors in 4 LGAs of Kano State.
Women farmers and young out of school girls who used to work as labourers on farms for some token fees, are now empowered, trained and supported with fertilizers, other inputs, protective clothing (for application of agrochemicals), irrigation pumps, knapsack, etc, to revolve and manage the community input loan scheme thereby becoming major suppliers of inputs to male farmers in their respective communities and now own their own businesses as a cooperative.
Speaking on the scheme, Hajia SA’ a, a female processor in Garun Malam noted that women bought into the revolving scheme because they have also turned to farming to improve their income. She said the scheme helped the women to get genuine seeds and other inputs and also strengthen their groups by providing a source of income for the groups as the saying goes “women are better credit manager”, they are already collecting money and making contributions among themselves to pay back the in-kind loan and the cost of their inputs with applause and appreciation.
According to Hajia Sa’a, “Our group first became interested in owning a farm after we attended the Farmer Business School organized by WOFAN and CARI. We learnt so much about transforming farming into business and we decided to practice what we learnt. Our men gave us a plot and we started a rice farm. This was why we bought into the inputs revolving scheme and now we have become models in our community from just peasant farmers, she says
Now after buying the inputs we needed, we had some left and we started selling to male farmers around us and this has made our groups more successful and well liked. The group leader Hajia Hausa said it has smoothened family relationship as both husband and wife are doing business together and complimenting one another! “We are doing very well both on our farms and as entrepreneurs, thanks to the inputs revolving scheme.”
The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) Project which seeks to enhance rice production and processing in Africa is being facilitated in Kano State by WOFAN and CARI with funding support from the Walmart Foundation through GIZ. The project targets over 5,000 rice farmers and processors in four local government areas of Kano State.
Women already contributing to repay their soft loan in yadakwari center, Garin Mallam LGA of Kano state indeed Women are really credit worthy!
Small holder farmers chakawa receiving fertilizer and pesticide as soft loan after completing 3months weekly training on good agricultural practices Conducted by ICRISAT, WOFAN & AGRIC EXTENSION AGENTS
WOMEN FARMERS ADVANCEMENT NETWORK.