The Federal Government has trained 100 women on the use of Information and Communication Technology in agriculture development.
The National Centre for Women Development , a parastatal of the Federal Ministry Ministry of Women Affairs , said the empowerment with support from the Bank of Agriculture , was to enable them adopt efficient farming techniques and boost quality food production .
The Director – General of NCWD, Mary Ekpere- Eta , during the event held in Abuja in commemoration of the World Food Day , said the women were drawn from various Local Government Aeas in the 36 states of the country .
According to her , the empowerment in ICT was to ensure that Nigeria attained the Social Development Goal Five which is gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls through ICT .
The NCWD DG said 70 per cent of the country ’s population which comprises women and youths , needed to harness the power of ICT so that they could participate in the programme and benefit from the information revolution taking place across the country .
She said , “ One hundred female farmers from different LGAs in the country were assembled for this intensive training after a thorough screening process .
“ They have been made aware of ICT techniques that can be leveraged for business development, access to finance, marketing and networking strategies , personal security , access to modern agricultural practices among others.
“ It is common knowledge that the SDG – 5 is aimed at achieving gender equality to empower all women and girls through the use of ICT.