The country director of USAID and National Coordinator of women farmers, Dr. Abiola Afolabi yesterday called on the state House of Assembly in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to provide enough farmlands that would enable women practice agric.
In his response, the chairman, Osun House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, Hon Ibrahim Abdullahi, assured the group that the state lawmakers would do their best to influence women activities positively in the state.
Afolabi also used the opportunity to call on the National Assembly to enact a law that would empower women to be fully secured while on their farmlands.
She said, “Findings have revealed that more women than men engage in agriculture while many of the female farmers are being discouraged from engaging in farming because of many challenges ranging from inability of female farmers to own farmland to lack of gender sensitive policies that can protect the special needs of the women.”
Speaking at the event, Osun Women Leader of Small Holders Women Farmers, Chief Mrs Janet Olaleye, remarked that, “government at all levels have not taken women farmers serious”. The group would like that to change.