NACCIMA Urges FG to Support Women In Agriculture

National President, NACCIMA, Ide John Udeagbala


The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has urged the Federal Government to increase its support for women in agriculture as this would help boost the agricultural sector in the country.

The National President, NACCIMA, Ide John Udeagbala, made the call during the Nigerian International Women Entrepreneur Exhibition (NIWEX) 2022 in Lagos recently.

Represented by the Vice-President, NACCIMA, Kola Akosile, said the call had become necessary because women still encountered issues such as socio-cultural challenges, which hinder their potential to contribute their quota to agricultural development.

He added that women constituted about 70 percent of the workforce in the agricultural sector, making their contributions significant.

Specifically, he noted that they were involved in diverse processes of the agricultural value chain to ensure that food production, processing and even marketing were made easy, thereby ensuring sustainable delivery of food in the country.

“Agriculture is an important engine for growth and poverty reduction, but the sector seems to be underperforming because women in urban and rural economies face constraints that reduce their productivity.

“In view of these challenges women face in the area of agriculture, production and processing, let me use this medium to encourage our women to intensify their efforts in promoting agricultural production through made-in-Nigeria products,” he said.

On her part, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperative, Lagos State, Mrs. Lola Akande, said women had the potential to transform the economy if given the right opportunities and encouragement. Represented by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Adetutu Ososanya, said the event’s theme was apt considering the fact that women contribute to the bulk of the population and their roles in feeding families.

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