INTERVIEW: My farming succeeds despite lack of govt support – Hannatu Soni Kaduna government no longer help us with improved seeds

Women smallholder farmers constitute about 75 per cent of the agriculture labour force in Nigeria, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

They produce the bulk of the food Nigerians consume locally and are the drivers of food processing, marketing and preservation.

Hannatu Soni, 59, is a smallholder farmer in her home in Kaduna State. A mother of five children, Ms Soni also provides for her two aged parents. In this second series of our new interview series on women in farming, she shares her experience with PREMIUM TIMES’ Oge Udegbunam.

PT: What do you cultivate?

Mrs Soni: I cultivate a variety of crops. I do mostly raining season farming but during the dry season, I cultivate tomato and pepper. During the raining season, I cultivate maize, rice and sometimes sorghum.

PT: For how long have you been a farmer?

Mrs Soni: I have been cultivating for 30 years now, I would say it has been a lifetime career for me.

PT: Whose land do you use?

Mrs Soni: When I just began farming, I was renting from people, but after a while my husband got his inheritance from his family. I started…

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