Chief Executive Officer of the Business Women of Nigeria Commonwealth (CBWN), Amoma Adigwe urged traditional rulers in different states to encourage more rural women and youth to participate in agriculture.
She appealed to the press briefing organized by the organization to draw public attention to the activities conducted by CBWN, as she is preparing the African Commonwealth Forum to be held in Canada at the end of this year.
Adigwe, who emphasized the important role of agriculture in the future of the country, stated that she wants more rural women to see that agriculture is a business for self-sufficiency.
Encouraging women and youth in agriculture, Adigve called for the creation of a specialized bank to meet the needs of rural women farmers, providing them with access to interest-free loans and other services for the granting of authority.
"Agriculture is a new industry and the future of Nigeria, and from our side CBWN intends to create Micro-Finance Bank Farm Gate, focused exclusively on rural women farmers.
As such banks are doing in other countries, we will go to these farmers to find out their needs and help them; not they are looking for us, "said Adigve.
Adigwe, who doubles as the founder of Uplifting Women Through Farming (UWTF), a non-governmental organization that is a pioneer of CBWN, also said that their attention is paid to providing rural women with skills, especially in the field of processing and packaging, reported on the close relationship of the organization with traditional rulers ,
At its forthcoming forum, which will be held in Canada, she added that CBWN is the representative of the country at the forum, which was approved by Queen Elizabeth II and recognized by 52 governments.
Adigve added that this would lead to the fact that women will trade opportunities, multilateral trade missions, trade policy makers and tender purchases worth 93 billion dollars. USA in 40 sectors around the world.