The Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI) has reinterated commitment to trade through the Arahah farmers market- a platform to bring women farmers and sellers in direct contact with consumers to sell fresh farm produce on Saturday 27 February 2021.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Nasiru Sani-Gwarzo who promised to personally visit the market stated on Wednesday said that it is of priority to empower Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME’s).
“We want to promote SMEs, I tell everybody Nigeria has signed AFCFTA, if we do not compete other countries will out do us. They will come in with their goods and compete with us” he said.
The Market which is women-centric is aimed at opening market access for women and increasing production to meet the growing demand that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will be creating.
The Director General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Ms Victoria Akai who was represented by the Director of the Chamber’s Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre, Mrs Tinuke Temitope said the market is aimed at addressing the challenges women face especially in the face of COVID-19 as well as prepare them for AfCFTA.
She explained that because women have limited working capital, the market will open opportunities to support and help them boost their businesses by building their capacities through training on standardization, packaging, quality assurance, competitiveness, pricing, logistics amongst others.
Also in her remarks the Convener of the Women Arise Development Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI), Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia called on the support of the ministry for the market
She also informed the ministry that over 30 farmers and other entrepreneurs from different parts of the country will be participating in the market.
“We have over 30 vendors from different parts of the country that are already signed up to bring in their commodities and we are also working to mobilise off takers. WAHDI is working in partnership with ACCI and we have just recently signed partnership grant with the Japanese embassy to build an incubation centre for women entrepreneurs” she stated.
The Market is organized by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Women Arise Development Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and other notable stakeholders.