Female farmers in Lagos State have threatened to embark on a strike if the Nigerian government fails to encourage their efforts in ensuring food security in the country.
The farmers had also bemoaned the fact that they had lost investments to the flooding that ravaged at least 30 out of the 36 states of the federation while lamenting the massive destruction of farmland across the country by the flood.
The President of the Association of Ogbonge Women Multipurpose Agricultural Cooperative Society, Mrs. Asonye Chinasa had announced their planned strike action while participating in a two-day program organized by a non-governmental organization, HEDA Resource Center.
While speaking at the event, Asonye, who is additionally the Assistant Secretary, Small Scale Women Farmers of Nigeria, remarked that critical steps had to be taken to avert a serious food crisis in Nigeria.
She had also called for a favorable insurance policy for Nigerian farmers and a reduced interest rate on loans given to farmers across the nation, saying that while the insurance policy would safeguard farmers’ investments, lower interest rates would also enable more access to funds, which was a needed step for growth and expansion in every business.