Arahah Farmers Market Avenue for women to key into AfCFTA – DG ACCI
- Market Centres on Women Empowerment
The Director General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Ms Victoria Akai has said that the Arahah Farmers Market provides an avenue for women entrepreneurs to key into the African Continental Free Trade Area and other initiatives and to dicuss how to key into these opportunities.
The DG also disclosed that the market will hold every month in 2021, starting from February.
Ms Akai stated this on Tuesday during a a webinar jointly organized by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) to discuss the role and responsibilities of various stakeholders of the Arahah Farmers Market for the 2021 calendar year.
She said the Market which centers on Women Empowerment, is a place where women producers and sellers can come to sell their produce at a discounted rates.
She stated that the market would provide a ready market for women to sell their produce to both food processors and consumers adding that for this year it will be almost free for women who participate.
Also speaking, the Convener of Women Arise Development Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) Ms Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia said the Arahah market serves as a means for women to grow their entrepreneurial capacities and economic standing in the society and get them exposed to technology especially those in Micro, Small and Medium-scale businesses.
While responding, Mrs Anyawu Ifeoma from the Ministry of Agriculture said that plans are being put together to partner the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to help train and give helping hands to farmers to improve their produce for export.
It can be recalled that the maiden edition of the Arahah Farmers market was held on the 14th to 16th December 2020 at the ACCI Premises.
The webinar which was jointly hosted by the ACCI and WADHI, had other dignitaries including the Permanent Secretary of Women Affairs Ministry, Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and FCT, Several Women’s business groups and a host of other stakeholders.