This post, was culled from publication by AgriBiz Info. It features a report by the promoter of CBi Innovations Ltd. on the necessity for women to get involved in Agriculture.
The Chief Executive Officer, Convention on Business Integrity, Mr Soji Apampa, on Thursday urged women to tap into the agricultural sector and empower themselves the same way the men were doing.
He made the call at the 3rd FirstGem conference with the theme, ‘ The Modern Women Manifesto’, organised by Fisrtbank Nigeria Limited in conjunction with Medplus among others.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the FirstGem product , which is solely for women, is a platform designed to help them build their personal lives as well as create wealth.
Apampa said: “Women can tap into Agriculture sector the same way as the men.
” However, we should bear in mind that women do not have the same level of empowerment at the moment and there are some things that need to be done for women in order to put them in a position not to be exploited.
“Women need to come together as a collective and find partners who can help to fund their access to inputs, the right qualities, the seeds as well as access to know how,” he said.
Apampa said there was potential in agriculture as the new oil, urging women to take advantage of it and profit themselves.
A Senior Lecturer from University of Navarra, Barcelona, Prof. Kandarp Mehta, urged women entrepreneurs to use negotiation as a tool for winning in business and in their career.
“Negotiation is important for both women in corporate organisations and women entrepreneurs,” he said.
In her goodwill message, the First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr Zainab Bagudu, said women could build a stronger society when empowered.
“Women are the vulnerable sex in the society, particularly in low middle economy.
” Women form the bulk of the society and are the ones that are constantly in touch with the family.
“If you empower and strengthen the women, then you are able to build a stronger society and a lot of the indices of our lives such as health,” she said.
Earlier, Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, said apart from the product being solely for women, it would meet their economic needs.
” I am delighted that FirstGem is already in its third year; this is a product that is designed to meet and develop the economic needs of women, which is our long term focus,” he said.