The trauma faced by female farmers in Enugu State will be eliminated soon as members the Enugu State House of Assembly looks set to amend a bill that confers female farmers with rights over agricultural land, water resources and other specific needs of female farmers.
This resolve emerged at a sensitisation meeting held recently in Enugu. The lawmakers noted that the bill is contentious, discriminatory and against the spirit of the 1999 constitution, hence the need for the proposed amendment.
Executive director of the rights advocacy group, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, while presenting the draft copy of the bill to the lawmakers said the bill was sponsored because there were certain issues on women’s rights and developmental concerns which are still major challenges in Nigeria.
“Nigerian women produce the bulk of food for domestic consumption and are the drivers of food processing, marketing and preservation,” she said, lamenting that in spite of these enormous tasks, women have limited access to land, credit facilities, farm inputs, training and advice, as well as technology and crop insurance, among others.