MRS OBIANO ASK WOMEN TO BECOME AGRIPRENUERS
Making a presentation on ”Agriculture as a small scale Business “, at the 5th Southern Governors Wives Forum (SGWF), in Abeokuta, Ogun State, wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano asked women to see Agriculture as business.
She tasked them to embrace small scale agriculture as business and a means of sustenance.
Mrs Obiano described agriculture as a good venture for sustainable economic development which had become increasingly popular amongst Nigerians and could be undertaken by women not only to put food on the table but also to improve their financial status.
She said, “Going into agriculture as a small scale venture means you are doing it in a small way. You can start a garden from the small portion of land at your back yard which can yield different types of vegetables.
“Remove a section of the interlocked compound and grow tomatoes; start fish farming or even snail rearing and earn some income.”
The governor’s wife described the cumulative positive impact of earnings from small agricultural activities on the health and fortunes of the family and the nation as enormous.
She asked the women to remain steadfast in the collective approach in small scale agriculture through cooperatives to encourage growth of the sector.
According to her, one of the thrusts of her CAFE programmes was to encourage more women involvement in agriculture since days are gone when women depended solely on their husbands for survival.
“It is important that women take advantage of the opportunity in agriculture or acquire other skills like bakery and confectionaries amongst others that will equip them to be self-reliant.”
The meeting was attended by fourteen out of the seventeen First Ladies from the states in southern Nigeria some other governors’ wives also made presentations at the Interactive Session during the forum which is geared towards promoting the course of women and preferring solution in support of their husbands’ in their various states.