By Mercy Obojeghren, Asaba.
The Delta State Government on Thursday reiterated its commitment to encouraging women farmers, as it launched the SHEFARMERS Initiative in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agricultural Matters, Chief Aneke Ifemeni, who inaugurated the initiative in Asaba, assured of the state government’s support for the initiative to enable it to achieve its set objectives.
He also expressed the government’s commitment to supporting all efforts geared toward ensuring food security, owing to the high level of hunger and poverty in the land.
Ifemeni, who is the Coordinator of Delta State Coconut Development Programme (DESCODEP), commended the organisers of the initiative for their efforts to increase the productivity and purchasing power of women farmers in the state, urging them not to relent.
In her remarks, National President of SHEFARMERS Initiative, Kudirat Temitope-Andy, said that the initiative was aimed at creating an enabling environment for women agripreneurs in the country.
She said that it was also targeted at exposing them to the global community, in order to be able to access loans and grants to grow their businesses.
Temitope-Andy solicited the support of the state government for the initiative which, she said, would focus on training and value addition to farm produce, to enhance the economic wellbeing of women farmers.
Also speaking, the South-South Coordinator of the initiative, Gloria Umukotete, said that women farmers in the state had of lot of benefits to gain from the organization.
She urged them to key in to the programme, in the overall interest of their agribusiness.
She assured those, who lost their farm produce to the recent flooding, that plans were underway to compensate them.
The event, which was attended by women farmers drawn from across the state, featured exhibition of agricultural commodities.