A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mennonites Economic Development Associates (MENA) has embarked on a training of women farmers on soya beans farming, storage and value addition.
Speaking at a capacity building workshop held in Bauchi for women from Bauchi, Dass and Toro local government areas, MEDA Business Development Officer, Stephanie Wealth-Ekanem, said that the Nigeria Way Project was aimed at empowering women to improve their economic status.
She disclosed that the MEDA Nigeria WAY project is a five years project funded by Global Affairs Canada to improve the business capacity and environment of 16,000 women and youth agro processors in the rice, groundnuts and soya beans value chain in Bauchi State.
Ekanem informed that the intervention would be carried out in seven local government areas of Bauchi, Dass, Toro, Ganjuwa, Warji, Katagum and Jama’are.
The MEDA Business Development Officer further informed that the women would also be helped to have access to farming inputs through a sustainable system.
In his presentation, Professor Nasiru Murtala from the department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), lamented that lack of proper planning of economic value chain always leads to massive wastages and loss to the farmers.
According to him, the farmers must be provided with economic linkages like markets for their produce.
One of the participants, Abu Yakubu, said that their association with over 100 women farmers was actively involved in soya beans farming.
“In the past, we remove the plant from the roots during harvest but we were now taught to cut off the upper part and leave the roots because it will serve as manure and hold the soil to prevent erosion.
“We were also taught about new ways of storing the harvested soya beans and reduce wastages as well other ways of processing the beans to make milk and animal feeds. We were also taught how to access loans, sell the beans to make profit,” she added.
Source: Daily Trust