Women’s role in farming just as important as men, says Kiko
Agriculture advocate and senatorial bet Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan believes that women farmers post as great a contribution to the farming industry as their male counterparts but their efforts are greatly overlooked in the general scheme on things.
In a post on Facebook, the senator posted: “Studies have shown that when women have the same access to productive resources as men, they tend to increase farm yields by 20 to 30 percent.”
In his post on his official website, the former Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization lamented that while there are studies that prove the women’s potentials in the agriculture sector, women are less likely to own land or livestock, use new technologies, have access to credit, or get more training because they are only seen as appendages to their husbands, brothers and sons who are only working in the farm to earn additional income for the family.
Pangilinan said that when elected for the third time as senator, his agriculture-oriented legislation would ensure that women’s needs are considered and emphasized. (ANGEL ONG)