Osun First Lady Launches Second Phase of Women in Agriculture Scheme

Osun First Lady Launches Second Phase of Women in Agriculture Scheme

  • 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

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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.

Osun First Lady
Mrs. Oyetola's knack for supporting female farmers in Osun state is well documented. Photo credit: Kafayat Oyetola
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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.

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A statement sent to Legit.ng by her media office quoted the Osun First Lady as saying:

“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.”

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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.

Legit.ng gathered that the first phase comprised of assistance with vegetable seeds, training on effective handling of the seeds, and a revolving loans program for farm preparation for female farmers.

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.

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Recall that Mrs. Oyetola was recently elected as the chairperson of the Southern Governors Wives Forum.

A statement sent to Legit.ng by the media office of Mrs. Oyetola on Tuesday, June 8 revealed that she was elected at the meeting of the forum held in Abuja.

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.

Source: Legit.ng

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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at jerrywright39@yahoo.com.

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