Miss Agric Pageant launched

Madam Addy  with the contestants and other dignitaries.

Madam Addy with the contestants and other dignitaries.

United Women for Agricultural Development (UWAD) Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, on Tuesday launched a Miss Agricultural Pageant to unearth agribusiness talents in young women.

The event which is a marked departure from other pageants would offer participants the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to develop feasible agricultural businesses aimed at encouraging young women to venture into the sector, as an income generating venture.

It is also expected to generate business ideas to promote government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme, as well as, provide the platform for women to speak to the issues affecting their welfare as farmers in order to rededicate the passion of women in agribusiness in the country.

The 12 contestants who hold undergraduate and postgraduate certificates in agriculture were selected after an auditioning among 30 contestants.

The winner of the contest would be presented with start-up capital and equipment to promote agribusiness in order to promote income generating activities to employ other young women.

The Director of Women in Agriculture at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Madam Paulina Addy, launching the programme urged the participants to passionately use agriculture to develop the country.

According to her, women could be the champion of the country’s agricultural development, if they cultivate crops in unused containers for backyard garden.

“Women in urban centres hold the key to the success of the country’s agricultural programmes if they effectively adopt the backyard garden method and use old containers to cultivate crops,” she said.

Madam Addy indicated that there was so much potential in the contestants and urged them to aggressively pursue their God-given talents assuring that the ministry would support the programme with the necessary technical assistance in making it an annual feature in the country’s calendar.

The president of Amplifies Ghana, one of the main sponsors, Madam Ligaya Diaz, said, the country had a huge agricultural potential which when tapped could lead to food sufficiency especially in the value chain where there was a lot of money.

Madam Diaz indicated that the government’s Planting For Food and Jobs initiative was an opportunity for women to take charge of their lives.

She appealed to the government to give priority to women who are in agriculture by providing resources and tools to enable them succeed.

The Chief Executive Officer of Eden Tree, Madam Catherine Krobo, commended the contestants for taking a bold decision to become successful farmers and urged the country’s engineers to design simple tools to make agricultural more friendly.

The President of the Chamber of Agri Busines Ghana,Mr Anthony Morrison who is one of the judges said the  winner would be selected based on the  viability and sustainability  of the designed project  which  had the potential to employ people especially women.

The Manager of UWAD, Madam Theresa Bonsu, said, the foundation was commissioned to support and promote young women to take up agri business as an alternative venture through its programmes and initiatives.

The Agro Beauty, she explained would help support government Planting for Food programme and appealed for more financial support to help address key challenges confronting the foundation.

BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU

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