Bauchi women embrace backyard farming to fight poverty

Some women in Bauchi metropolis have resorted to backyard to source for high quality vegetables to enhance food security.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a large number of women in Bauchi metropolis are growing backyard farms to provide source of produce and means of livelihood to improve their social and economic wellbeing.

Some of the women told NAN on Wednesday in Bauchi, that they practiced backyard gardening during the rainy season to cultivate produce for domestic and commercial purposes.

Some of the produce cultivated by the urban farmers include moringa, tomatoes, pepper, okra, bitter leaves among others.

Mrs Aisha Idris, a housewife, said that she was gardening within her compound to enable her to get fresh produce and save costs on her shopping menu.

Idris said she used the produce for her cooking and supply the excess to the market.

“I cultivated vegetables and planted moringa trees in my backyard. I and some of my family members work in the garden.

“A bunch of moringa leaves costs N150.00 and vegetables sold at N50 per measure.

“Some people buy the produce from the garden going to the farm.

“The saving I made from the sales encouraged me to do more in view of the high patronage,” she said.

Fatima and Aisha Ibrahim, who cultivated vegetable, desribed the backyard farming as lucrative, adding that it served as income generating activities to most women in the metropolis. 

“I started my garden with a capital of 2,000, the plants are good and anticipating bumper harvest.

“I’ m happy, it brings joy and comfort to me,” said.

Also, Mrs Aisha Ibrahim, said said that backyard farming was cheaper and enable families improved their nutrition and vitamin intake.

“Apart from health benefits, backyard gardening  is cheaper because you don’t have to spend on or trek long distances to get vegetable from the market. 

“I planted Okra, tomatoes and pepper for sale in the neighbourhood,” she said.

A vegetable vendor, Mrs Falilat Isiaku, said that customers now have high preferrence for produce sourced from backyard gardens rather than those from the farms.

Isiaku said the backyard farming has led to significant increase in the supply of the produce to the market.

Also commenting, Mrs Naomi Gokwat, Coordinator, Bauchi State, Women for Women International Organisation, an NGO, said that women were trained and encouraged to practice commercial farming.

She said the organisation was working with women cooperative societies in Tafawa Balewa and Bauchi local Government Areas, to expose them to modern farming skills to encourage productivity. (NAN)