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  • Updated: October 16, 2022

Farmer's Fair: FCTA Hosts Abuja Women Farmers

For the benefit of the region's local farmers, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has established a farm produce display market.

Dr Ramatu Aliyu, the FCT Minister of State, revealed this in a statement made on Sunday in Abuja to commemorate the UN's International Rural Women's Day.

The market, which would take place every three months, was started, according to Aliyu, to encourage rural women farmers in the six Area Councils to bring their best farm products to a public location where everyone would be encouraged to come and buy from them.

The proposal, according to her would also assist the women to gain more for their money than cultivating and letting the fruit go bad without supplying it.

“With the seriousness, I have seen in the rural women farmers in the FCT, we will start a quarterly farm produce display market, where all and sundry will be encouraged to buy off from the farmers.

“This will make them have value for money. Where is the essence of farming, when the product gets rotten without supply?

“Rural Women deserve all commendations because of their unending efforts to farm, they are gradually taking the centre stage.

“We are also going to look at ways that they can be transporting the food items easily to the market.

"This is also part of the FCT Administration’s commitment to empowering women to succeed in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda for women.”

Furthermore, Aliyu pledged to make sure that women are given access to fertilizer at discounted prices.

The minister instructed Dr Jumai Ahmadu, Director of FCT Reform Coordination and Service Improvement to collaborate with the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat to ensure a seamless market launch.

The Global Women Development Network (GWDN) in Nigeria is led by Ahmadu, who also stated that rural women, particularly farmers, need support to succeed in their line of work.

She added that the organization she is in charge of would continue to provide a supportive environment so that the women may benefit more from farming.

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