In a bid to promote agricultural enterprise, a nongovernmental organization (NGO), Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), has organised a two-day capacity building workshop for women farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The empowerment programme, which had rural women farmers, across the different area councils of the FCT, was aimed at ensuring that the women are profitable in their various agribusinesses.
A consultant at the workshop, Prof Aderibigbe Olomola, noted that agriculture is in the hands of small business owners and these small business owners are largely women, who have small farms that are undercapitalised.
“They need to be empowered by getting the right skills in doing the agricultural business and to know how to manage loan facilities, effectively and efficiently, so that they can generate expected returns and run profitable enterprises,” he said.
Olomola said the capacity of the women would be built in loan management, agricultural entrepreneurship, sales promotion and marketing, as well as record keeping.
“Rural women are given the opportunity to attend this workshop so that they can really be in the mainstream of agricultural financing. If they have to run agricultural business they need finances and skills to operate it successfully,” he said.
One of the resource persons at the workshop and an official of Small and Medium Enterprises Development of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Fawale Olabimpe, said the workshop would boost the farmers’ entrepreneurial capacity.
“There are many things most of the small business owners are not doing well, but at the end of the day they will tell you that it’s because they lack finance, but even when you have all the money, you should be able to identify what you want to do with the money,” she said.
One of the participants, Wakilat Okeji commended the group for the initiative, “As a poultry farmer, I have not broken even since I have been doing the business. I want to see a way where I can get it right and do the right thing to make sure my products sell.”
She further noted that marketing has remained a challenge for her and hopes to turnaround her fortunes with the knowledge that she has acquired
A poultry farmer, Mrs. Modesta Bassey while thanking the organisation said she was glad for the knowledge that she has acquired to manage her business, lamenting that finance has remained a major challenge facing her business.
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