States not do­ing enough for women, small scale farm­ers – Ac­tionAid

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Ac­tionAid Nigeria has said ma­jor­ity of the states are not ful­fill­ing their pledges to the Growth En­hance­ment Sup­port Scheme (GESS) for women and small­holder farm­ers thus deny­ing them sub­si­dized farm in­puts es­pe­cially fer­til­iz­ers and seeds.

Project Man­ager, Pub­lic Fi­nanc­ing for Agri­cul­ture of Ac­tionAid In­ter­na­tional, Ms. Con­stance Okeke, made the sub­mis­sion yes­ter­day in Abuja at the “Dis­sem­i­na­tion of the out­come of the Com­mu­nity Par­tic­i­pa­tory As­sess­ment on Govern­ment Ex­pen­di­ture on Agri­cul­ture/Com­mu­nity Score­cards on the GESS.

She said there are gen­er­ally lack of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in the util­i­sa­tion of the agri­cul­ture in­puts sub­sidy fund by the states, leading to high num­bers of small­holder and women farm­ers that have nei­ther reg­is­tered nor ben­e­fit­ted from the scheme.

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