Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

ARDS trains 300 women on tomato preservation techniques

Federal Capital Territory Administration through its Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, last week, trained no fewer than 300 women drawn from all the six Area Councils on best techniques to process and preserve tomatoes. 

Leader of the training team, Mrs. Oladoja Margaret, who addressed a section of the media during one of the training sessions said that the two-day event drew 50 woman leaders from each of the six Area Councils and trained them so that they would go back to their respective coumcils and train other women. 

Commenting on the significance of the training, she said: "We have a group of women we have been trying in terms of kitchen garden and we realized that that there are some seasons, tomato will be so cheap and there are times that a basket will be going for N10,000 to N15,000 and at that time, majority of the women will not be able to afford it. 

"So we thought of how we could help these women get this product when it is cheap, process and preserve it so that they can consume it throughout the year, because tomato is a very important aspect of our nutrition and we are looking at how we can train our women improve the nutrition of their family memebers. 

"Another thing is that, we want people to desist from consumption of chemically processed foods, because recently there has been many cases of people using chemicals to process and preserve food. So we are out to also sensitize them on the dangers of chemicals in our food." 

Oladoja, who is also the Chief Planning Officer in the secretariat, also said that the training would help FCT women, their families and small business owners consume healthy tomatoes, prevent post-harvest losses, empower them economically, provide good health and save resources. 

Participants at the event expressed gratitude to the FCT Administration for the opportunity to learn new things and promised they would put them to use. 

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