Govt to support rural women farmers

HARARE - Government is mulling assisting rural women farmers during this farming season, a government official has said.

Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Oppah Muchinguri told a press briefing that her ministry was working closely with the Agriculture ministry to map strategies on how best to empower rural women.

“The matter was discussed in Cabinet and it was agreed that rural women need attention because they make up 61 percent of farmers,” Muchinguri said.

“The ministry of Agriculture will play a leading role in the initiative and I cannot divulge the figures involved yet, but something will definitely happen.”

Muchinguri said rural women should have access to farming inputs in both government supported schemes and those provided by other stakeholders.

“My ministry is working closely with other ministries to ensure that women have access to extension services and information relevant to agriculture,” she said.

“Banks should provide lines of credit to rural women. I also want the challenges of technologies to be addressed so that women can develop technologies that reduce their burdens.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is set to celebrate the International Rural Women’s Day in Mashonaland West Province at St Michaels Hospital in Mhondoro- Ngezi on a date yet to be announced.

The day is celebrated on October 15 annually, but the country will have a belated commemoration.

The International Rural Women’s Day was adopted by the United Nations Conference for Women in Beijing in September 1995.

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