Anambra State Government Empowers Women Farmers Agricultural Cooperative Societies
The Anambra State Government has said it will empower women Farmers cooperative societies involved in agriculture with N1.08 billion, adding that each of the 362 electoral wards in the state would receive N3 million to promote agricultural activities.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Foster Ihejiofor, made the disclosure when he received members of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Ultimate Business Women and Farmers Association of Nigeria (UBWFAN) in Awka.
Ihejiofor stressed that each women cooperative society in the 362 electoral wards in the state would receive N3 million to promote agricultural activities.
According to him, the aim of the agenda was to boost food production by the women groups in a move to make the state one of the food baskets of the nation, noting that the Governor of the state, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, is passionate about agriculture.
Also, the commissioner informed that the state government was targeting to empower at least 8,000 women across the state under the scheme. Ihejiofor lauded the UBWFAN group for its interest in agriculture, assuring partnership with the association on its agricultural programmes.
On her part, Mrs Nkiru Nwagbo, National President of UBWFAN, informed that the aim of the visit was to seek collaboration with the ministry and the state government on agriculture.
She said, “We realize the critical role of your ministry as a key driver of agricultural programmes and it is for this that we seek sustained partnership with the ministry.We will equally want capacity building of our members in agri-business ventures like livestock, crop production, storage and processing, among others.”