By JABIRU A HASSAN, Kano
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has conducted a two-day training for female wheat farmers derived from 13 wheat producing states in Northern Nigeria on various ways of wheat processing methods.
The two-day training was held in Kano, where all the selected participants were drawn from women farmers groups from the wheat producing states.
They learnt how to make different kinds of food with wheat which is recognised as one of the richest staple among other farm products commonly grown in Nigeria.
All the women groups that were involved in the wheat production attended the two-day training and participated in all the relevant practicals as well as group interactions.
The participants also asked many important questios about what they were taught during the training sessions as learners.
Speaking with our correspondent shortly after the training, the Kano State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Shehu Adamu, disclosed that the training was organised in order to bring out more ways of wheat processing and showcasing the other economic impact of wheat especially now that the present administration is gradually putting Nigeria on a solid agricultural background in addition to other sectors.
He added that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture is always bringing out strategies that are mostly channels of promoting agricultural production at all seasons in order to reconstruct Nigeria’s economy through farming in various products value chains.
The state Director therefore, congratulated the participants that attended the training for the knowledge they acquired and urged them to use what they learnt in promoting women in agriculture as seen in many developed countries across the globe.
He similarly thanked the instructors for making the sessions very successful.
In his comments on the training, the former executive director, Lake Chad Research Institute who is also the team leader of the wheat value chain in Nigeria, Dr. O.G.Olabanji told our correspondent that Nigeria is spending huge amount of money in importing wheat into the country despite the fact that we have all the potentials of growing our demand and the present administration is trying it’s best in boosting agriculture with optimum results.
Dr. Olabanji announced that they focused on bringing more capacity building for women and youth on agriculture so as to empower them through different projects and structures with the partnership of private sectors all in order to put everything into centre in terms of agricultural productions according to various value chains.
He finally called on the participants to use the opportunity in multiplying their production and thanked the state director Alhaji Mohammed Shehu Adamu for the role he is playing mn the successfull implementation of various projects in his domain.
In their separate remarks, Hajiya Rahinatu Mohammed from Katsina State, and Hajiya Salamatu Auyo from Jigawa State said that the training has certainly increased their knowledge about wheat processing and making different recipes for the economic growth of their households, adding that providing more capacity buildings would add more value to the Nigerian women farmers.
They all called on their respective state governors to provide them with more empowerment in order to boost farming which was the mainstay of the Nigeria’s economy before the discovery of the petroleum resources.