– 2,500 women have undergone training on modern farming in Benue state courtesy the Youth Agricultural Enterprise Training Programme.

– The women were trained for the purpose of improving their commitment to agriculture and curbing post harvest losses.

– The director of the the programme, Kator Hule, said that the exercise focused on empowering women in agricultural enhancement for food security in the state.

The Youth Agricultural Enterprise Training Programme (YET-P) in Benue on Saturday, February 24, trained 2,500 women on farming in a bid to boost their interest in the vocation and enhance food production. During the training on Saturday, Kator Hule, the director of YET-P, said that the women were trained under the Women Entrepreneurial Training Programme (WET-P), NAN reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that Hule said that the exercise focused on empowering women in agricultural enhancement for food security in the state.  He said WET-P is an initiative developed as a toolkit for remedying the fall of Nigeria’s agriculture.

According to him, it’s theme was:”Engaging Women in Key Opportunities in Agriculture”. He explained that it seeks to provide women with enriched training on best agricultural practices towards improving their commitment to farm and curbing post harvest losses.

The director further said women comprised of the largest percentage of the workforce in agriculture sector but do not have access and control over all land and other productive resources, hence the training will provide means to such matters. He said: “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 assured women that the WET-P will continue to source for opportunities to develop them in agriculture, setting demonstration farms . He said: “We will conduct development programmes that will enhance women’s role in agricultural productions.”

The convener of the programme and chairperson Makurdi local government, Juliana Audu, said that the programme was designed to impart relevant techniques on farm activities, develop entrepreneurship skill and encourage women participation in agriculture. She said: “It is part of a comprehensive attempt to improve social and economic well being of mothers in the state.”

According to her, the programme was in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria, to empower women and expand the scope of the programme to enhance more participation in the exercise.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, revealed that the US rejected yam exported from Nigeria because of their poor quality. The minister: “Some consignment of yams were exported from Nigeria to the United States and according to reports we have today, they were found to be of poor quality. “We will be investigating both the company that exported it and our quarantine department to check and find out why such a consignment left here.”

NAIJ

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