Mrs Besty Obaseki, wife of Edo Governor, on Tuesday organised one day training on poultry production for 500 widows in the state.
Addressing the trainees in Benin, the governor’s wife said the training was part of the state government’s efforts to create employment through agriculture.
She said that the training was organised to empower the widows so that they could take care of their families and reduce poverty.
She said that the poultry production programme for widows was part of her agriculture initiative for women as a pilot scheme.
The governor’s wife said that the programme was organised in collaboration with the Bank of Industry and Bank of Investment Trust Company.
“We are partnering with professionals to train 500 widow on poultry production and to teach them how to make money from poultry business.
“This programme is a pilot scheme that will be test run in Benin and would be implemented forthwith across the state,” she said.
According to her, the trainees will be given 40 birds comprising 20 broilers and 20 layers and feeds to start their own poultry production.
Obaseki disclosed that the Agriculture initiative tagged, ‘Edo Women for Agriculture’ would be formally inaugurated March 8 on the anniversary of the International Women’s Day.
Earlier, the Edo Manager of Amo Byng Nig. Ltd., Mr Taiwo Ajao, said the company was collaborating with the office of the wife of Edo governor to train the 500 widows on poultry production.
Ajoa said that the company would raise the birds to four weeks old before giving them to the women.
He said that the company was also to supervise and monitor the poultry operators to ensure that they remained in business.