Female farmers in Taraba State have again expressed sadness at the way and manner they are often being relegated to the background in allocating lands for agricultural purposes.
Citing how they have been contributing to food production in the state, the continued gender disparities in ownership of land holdings in agriculture, they said have continued to tell negatively on them.
The women farmers who unanimously stated this on Friday in Jalingo, the state capital, called on the government to wade in by assisting the female farmers in developing clear policies on land tenure issues.
More to their demands include putting up mentorship programmes that will educate and support women farmers to enhance their agricultural resilience and empowerment.
This, as noticed by Newspot, they made known at an empowerment programme organized by PROSELL and implemented by Oxfam and Development Exchange Centre (DEC) .
Speaking Hajiya Laraba Wambai, a lecturer with the state College of Agriculture, who aligned her weight with those of the female farmers majority of whom Newspot noticed were drawn from rural communities across six out of the sixteen councils in the state, felt sad that females contribution to food production are not recognized by the relevant authorities.
Wambai, who stressed the need for the government to assist female farmers in accessing credits, also called for a gender specific agricultural project which she said should be encouraged to empower female farmers to improve resilience of women in agricultural productivity.
Other women farmers who also made their minds known, expressed sadness that rural female farmers have not been benefiting from the agricultural programmes of the government.