The 2023 National Best Farmer, Madam Charity Akotia, have urged women interested in pursuing careers in agriculture to defy prevailing gender stereotypes and societal norms.

Speaking during an Agri-inspire session to agricultural student and beginner agribusinesses at the 7th Agricultural Student Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Bootcamp annually organized by Agrihouse Foundation, Madam Akotia emphasized the importance of breaking free from the confines of traditional gender roles, encouraging women to embrace their passion for agriculture despite societal expectations.

She passionately advocated for women to seize opportunities in the agricultural sector, regardless of preconceived notions about suitable professions for women.

“Women have an invaluable role to play in agriculture, and it’s time to shatter the glass ceiling that restricts our participation,” Madam Akotia declared. “We must not allow outdated stereotypes to dictate our choices. Instead, we should embrace our potential as leaders and innovators in agriculture.”

The 2023 national best farmer, recounted the challenges she encountered on her path to success. “Many people tried to discourage me from pursuing agriculture,” she revealed. “They insisted that a woman’s place was in the home, caring for her children, not toiling in the fields.”

Undeterred by the naysayers, Madam Akotia forged ahead, driven by her passion for agriculture and unwavering determination to defy gender norms. She shared how she overcame adversity, challenging stereotypes and proving that women are equally capable of excelling in agriculture.

“Despite the obstacles and doubts, I refused to be confined by societal expectations,” Madam Akotia asserted. “I pursued my dreams with courage and conviction, knowing that I had the right to choose my own path.”she concluded.