- Experts say empowering female indigenous farmers is very important in any poverty alleviation programme
- In Osun, female farmers are benefitting from a scheme initiated by the First Lady of the state aimed at empowering them
- The scheme which is already in its second phase has commenced under the IleriOluwa Development Initiative agricultural programme scheme
Osogbo – Osun First Lady, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, has launched the second phase of the women in agriculture scheme in the state.
The initiative which the brainchild of Mrs. Oyetola is aimed at empowering female farmers in the southeast state and ensuring food security for the residents.
Empowering female farmers to feed Osun state
Speaking at the launch of the second phase on Tuesday, June 22, Mrs. Oyetola described the agricultural sector as the main pillar for the sustenance of humanity, said there is no time better to embrace farming than now.
“I am happy we can reach out again to our women who engage in agriculture with the vital and necessary supports that they need. The ceremony today is the second phase of the IleriOluwa Development Initiative Agricultural Program scheme.
“The programme was designed to assist low-income female farmers periodically with necessary inputs that will enhance their productivity in the farms, increase their yields and ensure food security for their families.
“The agricultural sector has always been the main pillar for the sustenance of humanity. Here in Nigeria, the current food situation has made this more of a need for us. The prices of foodstuffs in our markets demand that we produce more food for our people.
“The situation has underscored the fact that there is no time better than now to return to the land. We must guarantee food security for our people.”
Improving farming practices for Osun female farmers
She also called for prayers concerning the insecurity in the state and beyond, noting that the situation affects farming.
The First Lady further called for vigilance in the various communities, stressing that everyone must be active participants in the activities of their respective communities.
The second phase, however, was expanded by the First Lady’s team to include vegetables, cassava stems, cashew plants, cocoa, chicks, and poultry feeds, while retaining the training module used in the first phase.
Mrs. Oyetola also shared photos of the event on her official Facebook page.
She used the opportunity to thank the partners of the initiative and the Osun state commissioner for agriculture, Mr. Adedayo Adewole for his words of advice and support.
Recall that Mrs. Oyetola was recently elected as the chairperson of the Southern Governors Wives Forum.
Mrs. Oyetola replaces the First Lady of Edo state, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, whose tenure ended on the same day.
Meanwhile, the wife of Akwa Ibom state governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, has bagged the “Champion of Sustainable Development Goals” award of the United Nations, UN, conferred on her by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres.
The award was conferred on Mrs. Emmanuel for using her position and non-governmental platform, Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-Initiative, FEYReP, to advance the cause of women and children in Akwa Ibom.
The award was conferred on the First Lady by the UN official through his Nigerian representative, the Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon at Government House, Uyo.