Female farmers in Kano state allege that they are excluded in the various agricultural schemes and empowerment programmes, especially those implemented by the state government.
Chairperson of the women wing of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in the state, Fatima Sharif, who spoke to journalists in Kano lamented that female farmers in the state had been abandoned to their fate without being factored into various empowerment programmes run by the state government.
“It is discouraging to see that after being courageous enough and our subsequent engagement in what is termed as a male-dominated profession, women farmers in Kano state are left out in most of the empowerment projects embarked upon by the government,” she said.
She regretted that despite being responsive to calls by the state government to invest in agriculture, they had been totally disappointed.
Sharif revealed that some women farmers in the state were considering abandoning agricultural production.
“We have formed associations and also followed all the needed procedures and yet we are relegated to no place in the government priority list,” she lamented.