The Osun State Firstlady and President of the IleriOluwa Development Initiative (IOD-Initiative), Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, has commended women in the state for embracing farming as vocation and profession.
Speaking at the inauguration of the vegetable farming scheme in Osogbo, the state capital, she said the IOD-Initiative had come up with a programme of empowerment in agriculture because of women interest in farming.
Mrs. Oyetola, who was enthusiastic about women participation in agriculture and for embracing the IOD-Initiative empowerment scheme, said their response was an indication that “collectively we are ready to bring tangible and fundamental change to the living standard of our people in this state.”
According to her, agricultural sector has always been the main pillar for sustenance of humanity in history.
She said: “There used to be a time when our nation took the front position in this. It sis commendable that we are beginning to witness an upsurge again. It is particularly gladdening that more and more women are embracing farming.
“The vegetable farming scheme which is being carried out today is just a fractional aspect of the agricultural empowerment chain programme of the IOD-Initiative. Our focus on vegetable as the first tranche of our agricultural empowerment chain was informed by the crucial nutritional value of vegetable to our people. The benefits are enormous in keeping at bay many chronic diseases.
Mrs. Oyetola, who disclosed that the vegetable scheme was designed in three modules, said the first was about training, the second was distribution of seeds to women and the third was giving a revolving loan envelope, which according to her, would boost production of agricultural products in he beneficiaries’ farms.
The state governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, described the scheme as a challenge for his administration to do more for women for their participation in agriculture.
The governor implored the beneficiaries of the scheme to use fund giving to them judiciously and ensure they pay back in order to keep the scheme going stronger.