The Cross River Government says it will provide 600 women farmers in the state with N2 million grant each to boost production in the state.
Prof. Anthony Eneji, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Sunday.
Eneji said that already the women were currently undergoing training in various agricultural businesses at Songhai Farm, Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the women were drawn from various registered cooperative groups, adding that the capacity training and the grant would enhance their farm businesses.
He said: “Over 600 women would be given N2 million grant each, not loan. They are currently undergoing training in various agricultural fields at Songhai Farms, Itigidi.’’
According to him, this is one of the efforts by the state government to empower farmers and encourage more people to go into farming and small scale businesses.
Eneji said the state government was collaborating with some stakeholders, including the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to boost food production in the state.
“We have discovered that 60 per cent of our population are farmers. So we want to help them to take farming as a business,’’ he said.
He also disclosed that the ministry had begun the recruitment and registration of farmers for cotton production in the state.