Betsy Obaseki tasks SMEDAN, NEPC on export of rural agric products, promises to train and empower over 500 female rural farmers
Wife of Edo State Governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki has expressed her readiness to partner, train and provide soft loans to over five hundred members of a Non Governmental Organisation, Women in the New Nigeria, in their Farmer’s Mart initiative towards ensuring that their farm produce meet the quality that is fit for export.
The Governor’s Wife also tasked the Small Medium Enterprises Development Authority of Nigeria(SMEDAN)and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)to ensure they facilitate the export of farm produce once the WINN Farm Mart products are ready for export.
Giving this assurance at Spirit and Life Bible Church, Ekenhuan Road Benin City, Edo State during the inauguration ceremony of Farmers Mart Edo State, the wife of the Governor commended the facilitator of the programme ,Mrs Deb’rah Eunice Osagiede for the initiative, as it would go a long way in empowering women and youths in the State in the area of Agriculture.
Mrs Obaseki intimated them on her Edo Women for Agriculture and Enterprise project which seeks to empower women all over Edo State through agriculture and small scale businesses while promising that she would ensure that the members of Women in the New Nigeria benefit from loan facilities given by the Bank Of Industry to help small scale businesses.
“On my own part, I cannot wait to confirm that you are fully organized in cooperatives, you are producing well, and we will support you in the bank of industry with soft loans”
“I find a lot of value in this initiative. Value first and foremost to us as women, value second to the state and government, as you all know that one of the main focuses of the government currently is on agriculture”
“I want Edo women to key into the governments agenda to grow the Agric sector in our state”
“I want the women in Edo State to be active in everything that is happening in government”
Addressing representatives of Small Medium Enterprises Development Authority of Nigeria SMEDAN and Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC who were present at the event she said “SMEDAN and NEPC, from today you are partners with this initiative, and everything you promised here, you must perform”
“When our women begin to produce for exports, you must facilitate it and make sure we export goods out of Edo State, abroad so that our women can earn dollars”.
On her part the facilitator of the farmer’s mart Mrs Deb’rah Osagiede stated that the Women In the New Nigeria is an Non Governmental Organisation that has spread across the world to correct the ills in the society and train women and youths in over twenty five skills in order to ensure self-reliance.
She stated that the farmer’s mart was to showcase products that were personally and naturally cultivated by the women in the rural areas unlike products cultivated by farmers who used chemicals in enhancing the quality and looks of their products.
Highpoint of the ceremony was the commissioning of the Farmers Mart by her Excellency, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, Wife of the Governor of Edo State.