As part of efforts to engage women in food production, the Youth Agricultural Enterprise Training Programme(YET-P) has trained 2,500 women for food security in Benue state.
The convener of the programme and Chairperson Makurdi Local Government, Mrs Juliana Audu said that the training was designed to impart relevant techniques on farm activities, develop entrepreneurship skill and encourage women participation in agriculture.
According to her, the programme was in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“it is part of a comprehensive attempt to improve social and economic well being of mothers in the state” she said
Audu added that the participants would be exposed to modern poultry and horticulture, adding that the beneficiaries would be provided with resettlement packages, to enable them to set up their businesses.
The Director of YET-P, Mr Kator Hule, said women comprised of the largest percentage of the workforce in agriculture sector but had no access and control over all land and other productive resources.
“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.
He assured the participants that the association would continue to source for opportunities to develop them in agriculture.