Union trains women on farming techniques in Borno state

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Mwanaidi Rhamdani (orange shirt) works with Maria Mtele (green shirt) in an orange-fleshed sweet potato field in Mwasonge, Tanzania. Maria is a mother of 5 and farmer in Tanzania who relies on farming for food and income. Through a local agricultural program, Maria learned about a new crop of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, specifically bred to thrive in sub-Saharan Africa. Mwanaidi taught her about soil irrigation, crop multiplication, and how to get her crops to market. She is now a leader in her farming group and teaches others what she?s learned. Maria increased her families? income and she is using this new income to build a new, sturdy home.

The Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAEUN), Borno Chapter, has begun a two-day training for 200 women under its agriculture entrepreneurship development programme.

Hajiya Hadiza Ismail, the Women Leader of the organisation, made the disclosure at the inauguration of the exercise in Maiduguri

Ismail said that the exercise focused on empowering women widowed by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state.

She explained that the programme was designed to impart relevant techniques on farm activities, develop entrepreneurship skill and encourage women participation in agriculture.

Ismail 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.

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 organisation in collaboration with Borno State Government; American Centre for International Labour Solidarity (ACILS) and Nigerian Labour Congress, will expand the scope of the programme to enhance more participation in the exercise.

Earlier, Ms Nkechi Odinugwe, the ACILS’s Senior Programme officer, said that the organisation had initiated sound programmes to promote women empowerment and participation in democratic process.

Odinugwe added that the organisation was providing technical and capacity building to women groups, to check gender based violence and protect their fundamental human rights