The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has commenced the training of rural women farmers in Alkaleri, Bauchi and Shira local government areas of Bauchi State.
The training which is part of the Ministry’s Vocational Skills Acquisition for Pastoral and Farmer Community Women aims at improving the living standard of rural women in Nigeria.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Mahmoud Abubakar represented by the State Director of the ministry Mr Iliya Abarshi said the training would also avail the women of various skills to enable them to diversify their business as well as reduce the increasing rate of hawking among them.
He noted that the Federal Government had executed some projects in such communities including the construction of powered boreholes, dispensaries and the provision of grassing lands with the aim of improving the living condition of people at the grassroots level.
Earlier, Bauchi State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Barrister Jidauna Tula applauded the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for introducing such a programme aimed at improving the economic status of rural women in the state.
The commissioner represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Alhaji Yakubu Jibrin Abdullahi the Commissioner while assuring the state government support in that direction charged the participants to put into practice what they have learnt.
WikkiTimes gathered that Kufa community was selected from Alkaleri local government; Sawi from Shira local government and Sullubawa from Bauchi local government respectively.