Women farmers decry exclusion from agric intervention

The Nigeria Women for Agriculture Progress is worried most verified women farmers are yet to benefit from agricultural interventions since 1999.

National Coordinator, Omolara Swenson, who spoke at a Women in Agriculture and Agribusiness Convention in Abuja, said government interventions keep increasing but food production keeps declining.

Swenson urged the Federal Government to probe why interventions to male counterparts have not yielded result.

She regretted that many women farmers collect loans to buy farm input but are unable to pay back.

Swenson appealed to President Bola Tinubu to work with women farmers to guarantee food security.

She said: “We are pleading with the President to work directly with women farmers because it can be done … without intermediaries…

“Today, with money, you can’t get 20 trailer loads of maize from Southwest. It’s not because there is no land or farmers to cultivate, but the disconnect from government intervention and real farmers is large.”



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