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Ekiti Women Farmers Seek Govt Support on Agriculture


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By Ade Ademiju, Ado Ekiti

Women Farmers in Ekiti State have urged the state government on necessary support to boost food production in Ekiti State.

The women in Agriculture enjoined the administration of Dr John Kayode Fayemi to inculcate women into farming in order to add value to Agriculture.

The women under the aegis of Build Up Women in Agriculture (BUWIA) declared that women have arrived in farming.

The Build Up Women in Agriculture is an organization that trains and supports women in Farming to show case the value addition of farm products.

The programme and activities of BUWIA is based on 3 stages -Farming, Processing and Marketing

Speaking with journalists on Thursday at the launching of BUWIA Monthly Agric Magazine in Ado Ekiti the leader of the initiative, Reverend Mrs Funmi Agbaje said Agric is the main survival of the Nation.

She said “Women in Agriculture are out with the determination to make Ekiti basket of the nation, with focus on plantation of rice, maize and cassava”

Mrs Agbaje who said the demand for rice consumption is high added that”since last year there was ban on importation of rice, we are ready to tap into that and be packaging rice for consumption, we engage in production of semovita, flour derived from cassava and guinea corn”

Agbaje explained that the women farmers stands for food security /sufficiency, adding “our view is on Vision 2020 -Food sufficiency ”

Mrs Agbaje called on Ekiti State government to focus on Agriculture, saying “Farming is precious , it would boost the IGR of the state, government should inculcate women into commercial farming, especially in rice plantation

“Laboratory test shows that Ekiti rice is the best both at home and abroad. We need assistance from government in the areas of land for cluster farming, central processing centre, modern rice minning machine”

The leader of the Women farmers in her appreciation to the state governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife Erelu Bisi on their immense contribution to the growth of the state urged the government to intensify efforts at uplifting Agro industry in the state

At the launching of the Monthly Magazine food items like Rice ,gari semovita,top brown flour pap, soya milk fresh fruit were displayed.

A kitchen was also on stand to demonstrate features of the products and also to show case that local rice can be used to cook Jollof /fried rice.

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