FG, BOA train 100 women in agriculture
The Federal Government has trained 100 women on the use of Information and Communication Technology in agriculture development.
The National Centre for Women Development, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry Ministry of Women Affairs, said the empowerment with support from the Bank of Agriculture, was to enable them adopt efficient farming techniques and boost quality food production.
The Director-General of NCWD, Mary Ekpere-Eta, during the event held in Abuja in commemoration of the World Food Day, said the women were drawn from various Local Government Aeas in the 36 states of the country.
According to her, the empowerment in ICT was to ensure that Nigeria attained the Social Development Goal Five which is gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls through ICT.
The NCWD DG said 70 per cent of the country’s population which comprises women and youths, needed to harness the power of ICT so that they could participate in the programme and benefit from the information revolution taking place across the country.
She said, “One hundred female farmers from different LGAs in the country were assembled for this intensive training after a thorough screening process.
“They have been made aware of ICT techniques that can be leveraged for business development, access to finance, marketing and networking strategies, personal security, access to modern agricultural practices among others.
“It is common knowledge that the SDG-5 is aimed at achieving gender equality to empower all women and girls through the use of ICT.
“As a result, participants were introduced to the global spatial database of land use, food prices, flooding in Nigeria and many other applications, as well as resources online, through which they can gather vital and timely information as farmers and make informed decisions on what to produce, when to produce and where to sell their products at a competitive price.”
The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, encouraged beneficiaries of the training to make the best use of the knowledge impacted on them.