By Palma Ileye
In continued efforts to boost the nation’s economy and ensure sustainability for women, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with Green Agriculture West Africa Limited, GAWAL, a subsidiary of CGC Limited has trained and graduated Five thousand, (5,000) female rice farmers to achieve this feat.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Rice Cultivation Technology Training Programme held at the Abuja Industrial Park, the Minister of Women Affairs, Barr Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye said that the initiative will create jobs, provide means of livelihood for many families in the country.
Kennedy-Ohanenye said that every State would be involved in the project adding that Nigerians have every right to benefit from the Renewed Hope agenda of the present administration.
She said, “As soon as they leave here they are going with their high yield rice, and now they are heading to the farm, they are totally prepared. As they get the seedlings they go home and plant. The pumping machine is coming from the Ministry to them. We want a situation where we can produce this rice four times a year all through the season.”
She said that the project will help to curb criminal acts in the society as this efforts would be creating value to the economy and keeping people away from such harmful societal vices.
“We are going across the nation, everyone is going into manufacturing, production, farming that is what we intend to spread across the country. When they are busy making money, where will they have the opportunity to be involved in criminal activities.”
She also said that there was a portal which consist of buyers, marketers to help with the sales of the produced rice, assuring that the project will as well enable communal living that will help ensure peace and stability in the country.
Also, Mr Wang Xiemin, MD Green Agriculture West Africa Limited, GAWAL, a subsidiary of CGC Limited said that the transformative journey in Agricultural technology was in pursuit of a more sustainable and efficient future in Agriculture noting that it reminds of the fact that the sector was not just a profession but a way of life that connects us to the very roots of existence.
He said: “Through this training you have immersed yourselves in the latest rice cultivation technology, from land preparation to seed breeding as well as fertilizer application. As you leave this training programme armed with knowledge and renewed sense of purpose, remember that the future of Agriculture rests in your hands.”
Furthermore, he challenged the participants to be dedicated to sustainable practices that will shapen the landscape of Agriculture in the country.
The benefiting States for the pilot program are: Kaduna, Kano Jigawa, Adamawa, Niger, Anambra, and FCT.