...Advises women to work from their homes
Asked on advice to other women farmers and how best to empower women to have a different perspective in order to be successful in agriculture, Motsa noted that there was a need to encourage women to establish businesses in their homes.
She said she had seen groups of women she is working with in the area who are raising indigenous chickens and concluded that they need advice.
“What I encourage is for women to be within the setting of their home and bring business to their home because women have several tasks.
Women multitask a lot when she is in the home she can manage the farm or garden, look after school going children, and take care of her family at the same time. The income generating activities or projects and businesses should be brought home,” she pleaded.
Motsa said it was unhealthy and caused a lot of socio economics problems for women to leave their homes and work to earn meagre salaries in the firms while leaving their children.
The ministry of agriculture admits that women are central to agriculture and make a strong contribution to food security and nutrition at both the house- hold and community levels as they are said to make up almost half of the agricultural labour force in developing countries.
However, their production is limited by barriers including finance, inputs, extension services and land rights. Motsa concurs that agricultural skills, knowledge and encouragement should be given to daughters from a young age to help change out-dated social structures and cultural norms.
New technologies and training are critical for women farmers to be able to build resilience in the face of climate change.
Some of cattle found in the feedlot.