Nigerian Women Farmers Hand Over Hoes to Museum, Seek Mechanised Farming


The farmers on Tuesday took their hoes to the museum at the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Art and Culture in Abuja.

Members of the Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON), have dramatically taken their hoes to a museum in order to make way for mechanised farming in the country.

The farmers on Tuesday took their hoes to the museum at the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Art and Culture in Abuja.

While speaking, the National President of SWOFON, Mary Afan, said the use of hoes in farms is no longer productive and sustainable.

“What we have come to do today is to retire these hoes to the museum knowing fully well that this is a place where artefacts are kept so that our children, grandchildren, the generation unborn will come and see it and know that this is what their parents were using to produce food,” she said.

“In the history of women farmers, this day stands significant for us that we have been planning to see this day to significantly retire the hoes to the museum.”

According to her, the number of those who depend on Nigerian farmers for food has increased, hence the need to mechanise the farms has become imperative.

“In farming, we have noticed that this hoe is what we are using to feed the nation, the population is increasing and we can no longer use this hoe to feed the nation,” she said.

“We suffer and sweat in the farm before we can produce a small portion of land per day, and with that, we feed ourselves and feed the nation.”

She urged the government to provide the women with mechanised farm implements as they have dropped their hoes so that they can return to their farms.

“We want the government to give us women-friendly equipment that will save our energy and time we spend on the farm.