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FG Empowers 100 Women In Edo

Akinwumi Adesina, Agric Minister
Akinwumi Adesina, Agric Minister

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development facilitated the training of 100 women and youths in various agricultural ventures  in Edo in 2013, a federal director, Mr Wellington Omoragbon, said.

Omoragbon, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday, said the  training was organised in collaboration with the Mellennium Development Goals (MDGs) Office in the Presidency.

He said that the women and youths were trained in poultry, fishing, piggery, goat, sheep, and cattle rearing, among others.

He said that start-off kits, which comprised feeds, day-old chicks and piglets, among others were distributed to the beneficiaries upon completion of the training programme.

The director said: “We were able to train 100 women and youths for various agriculture entrepreneurships in partnership with MDGs Office in 2013.

“We are also monitoring these projects to ensure that the beneficiaries become employers of labour.

“This is one programme under the Growth Enhancement Support scheme of the Federal Government, with a view to supporting farmers with fertiliser and other farm inputs.

According to the director, only registered farmers were selected for the programme.

He said that more people would be trained in 2014. (NAN)

FCTA Offers Investors 15,000 Hectares Of Land For Agric

farm landscapeInvestors willing to go into agriculture in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) need not worry about land as the territory’s administration said it has set aside 15,000 hectares of land for potential foreign and local investors for agricultural purposes under the public private partnership (PPP).

Minister of State for the FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, disclosed this at the weekend during the flag-off of the 2013/2014 dry season farming activities in Kwali Area Council, saying the move was aimed at ensuring food security in the territory and Nigeria as a whole.

Represented by the FCT permanent secretary, Engr John Chukwu, the minister said  30,000 farmers were currently being supported under the dry season farming initiatives.

“There is no doubt that with this interest and intensity of dry season farming in FCT, we will add additional 45,000 metric tonnes of grain to the Nigerian grain market. The Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) which was launched into operation in 2011 has continued to record appreciable success in the FCT with more farmers accessing farm inputs with ease.

“During the 2013 rain-fed farming exercise, 92,143 farmers (82.8 percent) out of the 111,276 FCT farmers captured on the GES national data base representing 82.5 per cent, redeemed their farm inputs (fertilizer and seeds) through the e-wallet platform,” she added.

Also speaking, the secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mrs. Olvadi Madayi, who lauded the introduction of the GES, opined that the initiative would provide a conducive business environment for Nigerian farmers to access inputs.

“The government’s role in the input distribution is now restricted to facilitating and creating enabling environment for private input dealers in the FCT to make inputs available at the door steps of the farmers and at affordable prices,” she emphasised.


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