Meet Nigeria's Hardworking Women In The Agricultural Sector - [Photos]

Published On: February 9, 2015, 8:07 pm (5 years ago)
Author: MrJohn

At this local palm oil processing mill, farmers boil, ferment and press the palm fruits to extract the palm oil that is poured into drums and taken to the big markets in town. Sometimes, the buyers come to book and pick up their drums of palm oil when business is good, though this not usually the case.

Eighty percent of women in Ekuku-Agbor town are farmers and, in more ways than one, also traders, Says Charity Ebuniwa, 30, “my husband and I do oil palm farming together. He harvests them from the palm tree while I gather the bunches for processing.

Evelyn Michael is taking out boiled oil palm fruits from the fire to be processed into palm oil, usually manually, and always by women.

The production line is quite long but these women do so much for so long that they go home everyday, tired; and of course they age very fast due to many factors

Twenty-three year old Bidemi Kehinde, straps her baby to the back while working of the production of palmoil in an oil palm mill in Ajose Camp, Ondo State, Nigeria

These women, young, middleaged and some in their 60s, combine both farm work and produntion of local oil palm in an oil mill belonging to Mr. Kayode Toluwalase at Ajose Camp near Ore town in Ondo State, Nigeria.

Elsewhere, Christiana Onybie, mother of seven, lost her husband to a malaria infection and has been supporting her children through farming and casual labour jobs in a local oil palm mill.

Mrs. Veronica Atuye (left) and her two daughters, Patricia (right) and Chikwadi (left) peal cassava tubes they harvested from their farm in Agbor town, Delta state

Mrs. Philomena Achafor returning home with sacks of cassava harvested from the farm in Ekuku-Agbor town in Delta State, Nigeria. She rides her motorbike to her farm located some kilometres away and comes back home to make garri from the cassava after processing the tubers

Esther Ijeabo, 54, frying garri, a staple eaten in southern Nigeria, at the back of her house in Ute Erumu town in Agbor, Delta State, Esther has been in the business since she was a young teenager

After many years of back-breaking farm work, Mrs Maria Omebiye, 60, with little or no healthcare provision by the government is currently suffering from waist pain and arthritis.

Women farming is more than palm oil and cassava. Here, Roseline Gabriel (right) and her colleague in Ilutuntun camp Odigbo Local government area in Ondo State prepare kolanuts for sale at the big Ore market. The work is often tedious and monotonous and with very little profit

Funmi Toluwalase, Bosom feeds her toddler, Femi while Ayo (left) and Tope wait for their father at 7:33 pm. Mr. Kayode Toluwalase will bring home the harvest on his motorcycle while (his wife and sons will follow on foot) after the day’s job on their farm at Ajose camp near Ore in Ondo State

Even with Nigeria’s unreasonable dependence on only oil to run her economy, many more exports abound. Mrs. Mary David, mother of six harvesting cocoa in her plantation farm in Ilutuntun camp in Odigbo Local Government Area, Ondo State

Group of women who do different kinds of work on farms around Ute Erumu town, Delta State. These women work as pickers and palm kernel breakers

Posted: (5 years ago) on 9-02-2015 08:07 PM | Gistmaniac
These are the real heroes..........But a better way of doing these things has to be made available to these people.........Agric is the new oil........Let us go back to agric and do it the less tedious and rewarding way.........Do agric, it pays.

Posted: (5 years ago) on 10-02-2015 12:04 PM | Hero