NCAM seeks women empowerment in agribusiness
The Executive Director of the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM), Ilorin, Dr Yomi Kasali, has advocated more empowerment of women population in the agricultural the sector.
Dividing agriculture into three main levels of production, processing and marketing, Kasali lamented the alleged low-key operations by women at each level, as he canvassed policies that would engender greater female involvement in the sector.
He said these at the opening ceremony of the skills acquisition and capacity development programme for women in the operation and maintenance of agro-processing machines at NCAM.
He said, “Agriculture is an engine for growth and poverty reduction in any human society, and a foundation for industrial revolution. “But the sector is under-performing in many countries, Nigeria inclusive, because women face challenges that often limit their productivity. I think it is high time we changed the ugly trend.”
He observed that women were noted for making essential contributions to agriculture and rural economy in various ways, saying that over 90 per cent of women in rural areas had potential to be engaged in any sub-sector of agriculture.
Over 60 women across 36 states of the federation participated in the training. “In Africa women constitute almost 50 per cent of agricultural labour force, he said while underlining the imperatives of the domination of traditional African women in the processing aspect of agriculture.