By Andrew Ikehi
Furtherance to its economic empowerment initiatives, 55 young poultry farmers in Delta State under the state government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Tuesday received economic lifeline from the state government.
The young farmers, cutting across the three senatorial districts of the state were given the support packages (materials and equipments) to boost their farms and thus; increase their yields.
While those who specialise in rearing broilers were given 400 day-old chicks, drinkers, feeders, medications as well as 150 bags of feeds each, others who specialise in rearing layers were given 400 point of lay, drinkers, feeders, medications as well as 60 bags of feeds each.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries in Asaba (for Delta North beneficiaries) and Ughelli (for Delta South and Delta Central beneficiaries), the coordinator of YAGEP, office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Mr. Sam Ndikanwu, said that the programme was basically for “Brown YAGEP” beneficiaries.
Explaining further, he said, “Today, what we are witnessing here is the distribution of support packages to the beneficiaries of brown YAGEP under the state government empowerment programme.
“Under YAGEP, we have brown and Green. While the green are the ones we train and equip with starter packs to start up their farms, the brown YAGEP are those that are already in farming enterprise.
“What the state government does is to locate them in their various farms and thereafter, support them with packages to boost their production” Ndikanwu said.
While congratulating the beneficiaries for finding favour in the sight of the state government, the YAGEP Coordinator enjoined them to put the materials into judicious use in order to improve on their farming enterprise
Speaking to journalists in Asaba, one of the beneficiaries and a graduate of applied mathematics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Mr. Raymond Alex Omesete, expressed appreciation to the state government for coming to their aid just as he noted that the gesture will go a long way in enhancing their trade.
He enjoined youths in the state and beyond to go into farming rather than continue to waste their time expecting white collar jobs that may not be readily available.