The FCT Minister of State, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide, on Monday flagged off 2012/2013 dry season farming, titled, 'Women in Agriculture Value Chain' at Kutunku community in Gwagwalada area council.
The minister noted that dry season farming has made products such as maize, pepper, okro, amaranthus, ugu (telefeira) to be accessible and affordable in FCT and other neighbouring states.
According to her, as part of the FCT administration's support to enhance agricultural production, two tractors, 15 irrigation water pumps and accessories, 60 metric tons of assorted fertilizers were distributed to the farmers at subsidized rate, adding that the administration would put in place water harvesting infrastructure such as micro earth dams, ponds, dykes, risers and among others.
In her address, Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mrs. Olvadi Bema Madayi, said the dry season farming was conceived, implemented and managed by six women groups and three men groups, to ensure all year round accessibility and affordability of food.
She said about 70 hectares of land has been set aside at Kutunku plain for farming season.
In his remark, Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Zakari Angulu Dobi, said the dry season farming is important in order to ensure food security in the household and thanked the minister for choosing the area council for the flag off.