Friday, November 29, 2019

Anambra female farmers demand gender-friendly tools

No fewer than 600 female farmers on Thursday protested in Anambra State, demanding gender-friendly farm implements.

The protesters, under the agies of Smallholder Women Farmers in Nigeria, said women were not put into consideration in the construction of certain agriculture machinery.

Drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state, the women said they represented “priority needs of 10,253 smallholder women farmers in the state.

The national coordinator of the group, Omaboyowa Roberts, said the protest was to draw government’s attention to the plight of women farmers who constituted greater number of farmers in the state.

She said, “We want to inform government that over 70 per cent of farmers are women who are into primary production and value chain addition.

“There’s need to increase agriculture budget for the state to meet the demands of the women.

“Since last year, we commenced a project of holding government accountable to support smallholder women farmers in the state.”

He added, “We’re also asking for gender-friendly machineries, especially power tillers and hand planters to help in our production as well as increase our well-being as families and communities.”