On Tuesday, with financial support from the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and technical support from UN Women, the NGO Iwuese Multipurpose Cooperative (IMCS) began training displaced IDP women, returnees and refugee livestock Stick to hydroponics.
Ms Ritdimwa Doofan Orga, Executive Director of IMCS, explained during the training in Jalingo that the idea is to ensure that IDP women, female IDP returnees and refugees in the Gassol local government area of Jalingo and Taraba acquire the skills needed for early recovery.
According to her, after 4 weeks of intensive training, 40 beneficiaries from targeted local government areas will receive goats as an empowerment strategy to help them achieve their planned economic recovery.
Thanks to WPHF for financial support and UN Women for technical support to ensure that IDP women, IDP women and refugees in the state’s Jalingo and Gassol local government areas acquire the skills they need for early recovery.
According to her, after 4 weeks of intensive training in hydroponics, 40 beneficiaries from targeted local government areas will receive goats as an empowerment strategy to help them achieve their planned economic recovery.
“The whole idea is to ensure that IDP women, IDP returnees and refugees in the Tarabajaringo and Gasol local government areas get the skills they need to recover early. After the Intensive Course on Livestock, we will provide feed and empower 40 participants (20 each from Jalingo and Gassol) to grow hydroponically using improved goat breeds and 50 kg of barley seeds.
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“The hydroponic feed is cheap and easy to prepare compared to other feeds available in the market. This will also help them build up their capacity in professional livestock farming and use the training received to become trainers in hydroponics and livestock farming in the local community.
“I would like to thank WPHF for its financial support and UN Women for its technical support to ensure that IDP women, female IDPs and refugees in the Jalingo and Gassol local government areas in Taraba state acquire the skills they need for early recovery,” she explained .
National Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Child Development, Hon. Speaking at the event, Mrs Bridget Twar commended WPHF, UN Women and Iwuese for training and supporting female IDPs, returnees and refugees as training and empowerment will go a long way towards building the capacity of beneficiaries.
While committing the support of the Department of Women’s Affairs and the Taraba State Government to ensure the scheme’s success and sustainability, the commissioner urged women to take the training seriously in the interest of the state.
The Nigerian Tribune reported that the commissioner introduced the Ministry’s Director of Women’s Affairs as the project’s liaison officer who will work closely with the Iwuese Multipurpose Cooperative to ensure the success and sustainability of the program in the state.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Hajiya Murjanatu Abdulhamid thanked the organizers of the training and pledged the determination of the women to do their best for the success of the programme.