FG Launches National Gender Policy in Agriculture.

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The Federal Government has launched the National Gender Policy in Agriculture which is aimed at ensuring that agricultural practices at all levels are gender sensitive.

Speaking at the event, The Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono urged   more women to engage in Agriculture practice and Agro processing.

He added that gender issues in Agriculture is critical for the attainment of National development goals, social justice and enhanced productivity.

The Minister further advised policy makers and Development partners to support women who are into Agriculture, and grant them the necessary leverage to make headway in life.

“It is essential for us to grant helping hand to all women in different profession. No one should stand against any women in Business or Agriculture. They are important segment of the society. They are our sisters, mothers and wives”.

In the same vein, he noted that Education is a great asset that all women must aspire to obtain, and charged the women folk not to relent in this regard.

“Education for all segment of women in the society is highly essential. If a woman is educated, every member of the society is enlightened, and she will spread the knowledge to a large number of people.”

The Country Director Action Aid Nigeria, Ene Obi stressed on the need for the implementation of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture in the rural area.

She said there is need to adopt Gender Sensitive approaches to the distribution of Agricultural resources input and capacity development.

According to her, the small scale farmers in the rural area need to be aware of recent development in the Agricultural sector.

“The essence of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture is to engage women in the rural area, and we hope that it will have lasting effect on the people.

We are urging the desk officers at the state level to work with the rural farmers.

We are investing in the women farmers, because we believe in what they are doing.”

She added that Action Aid Nigeria will continue to work with the women farmers.

“In times past, we have invested in small scale farmers from the 36 states of the Federation. We have worked with the committee members as well as the policy makers in the actualization of the policy”.

The Chairman National Gender Steering Committee, Halimat Alao said gender inequalities limit Agricultural productivity and efficiency, and by implication undermine economic growth and development agendas.

According to her, there is need to take the role of women in Agriculture very seriously, and also make concerted efforts to enable women move beyond production.

She noted that Agriculture is the engine room of economic development in the country, and there is need to encourage more women to come into the field.

The Country Director Action Aid Nigeria, Ene Obi stressed on the need for the implementation of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture in the rural area.

She said there is need to adopt Gender Sensitive approaches to the distribution of Agricultural resources input and capacity development.

According to her, the small scale farmers in the rural area need to be aware of recent development in the Agricultural sector.

“The essence of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture is to engage women in the rural area, and we hope that it will have lasting effect on the people.

We are urging the desk officers at the state level to work with the rural farmers.

We are investing in the women farmers, because we believe in what they are doing.”

She added that Action Aid Nigeria will continue to work with the women farmers.

“In times past, we have invested in small scale farmers from the 36 states of the Federation. We have worked with the committee members as well as the policy makers in the actualization of the policy”.

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