The Youth Agicultural Enterprise Training Programme (YET-P) on Saturday trained 2,500 women on farming in a bid to boost their interest in the vocation and enhance food production.
He said WET-P is an initiative developed as a toolkit for remedying the fall of Nigeria’s Agriculture .
With the theme, ”Engaging Women in Key Opportunities in Agriculture”, Hule explained that it sought to provide women with enriched training on Best Agricultural Practices towards improving their commitment to farm and curbing post harvest losses.
He further said that women comprised of the largest percentage of the workforce in agriculture sector but do not have access and control over land and other productive resources, hence the training will provide means to such matters.
“We will enable women to claim their rights and access to land and other resources needed for farming that will help them contribute more to economic growth”, he said while assuring women that the WET-P would continue to source for opportunities to develop them in agriculture, setting demonstration farms.
“We will conduct development programmes that will enhance women’s role in agricultural productions,” he said.
The convener of the programme and Chairperson Makurdi Local Government, Mrs Juliana Audu said that the programme was designed to impart relevant techniques on farm activities, develop entrepreneurship skill and encourage women participation in agriculture.
Audu added that the participants would be exposed to modern poultry and horticulture, and in which beneficiaries would be provided with resettlement packages, to enable them set up their businesses.
“It is part of a comprehensive attempt to improve social and economic well being of mothers in the state”, she said.
According to her, the programme was in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to empower women and expand the scope of the programme to enhance more participation in the exercise.