From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A Non Government Organization, Quintessential Business Women Association (QBWA) said it has empowered over one million women in the agriculture sector in its effort to enhance their productivity.
The Vice President of the Association, Mrs. Christine Maxwell disclosed this in her presentation at the inauguration of the new executive officers of the Kaduna branch held yesterday.
Mrs. Maxwell said farming has been a foremost occupation of Nigerian women adding that there is need for a platform to encourage the women and that is the reason her organization decided to concentrate on the sector.
“Today with the dwindling oil prices it is clear the country cannot keep depending on it and need to tap others available resources in the country amongst is the land and we as an association of businesswomen decided to focus on Agriculture and we are receiving support from the government and agency like the Central Bank through the intervention program.
“As at the last count over one million women from the 36 states and the Federal Capital territory has benefited from the scheme. We give the women a value chain crop is giving to them. For example Kaduna State has ginger, rice and sugarcane any of our members who want to farm any of the products will be assisted with soft loan.
“we also encouraged our members to process the products into end use, ginger oil , spices and drinks are product from ginger what we need now is government support to expands the production.” She said
In her own remark Kaduna State Coordinator of the QBWA Mrs. Victoria Aboi said the role of the women is no longer in the kitchen therefore
they must be encourage to participated in the various sectors of the economy and that is why our association is calling on the government to support our projects.