The Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), Anambra state chapter, Wednesday, trained over one hundred cooperative societies under the agricultural value chain on the easiest way of raising funds for their business survival.
The event held in Awka, the state capital, was attended by cooperators across 21 council areas including food processors, fish farmers, crop producers, gari processors, as well as attracted commercial banks, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and state Ministry of Agriculture.
Speaking at the event, the state chairman of NASME, Theophilus Nnolim, charged cooperators to arm themselves with knowledge and skills in order to grow their enterprises beyond sole proprietorship.
Nnolim said NASME was ever ready to train, retrain, direct and assist cooperative societies to not only survive the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic but to become the highest employers of labour and food suppliers.
Contributing, the administrative secretary of NASME, Mr Amos Ejesi, stated that the seminar which was necessitated by the fact that the rainy season is by the corner urged cooperative societies to avail themselves to the various opportunities provided by the state and federal government.