UGBOKODO—DELTA State Government has commenced the allocation of fish ponds to beneficiaries of its 2016 Cycle of the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme, YAGEP, who recently completed their three-month training in fish production.
The allocation of 154 YAGEP fish ponds, located at Ugbokodo, Okpe local government area was launched with 77 YAGEPreneurs at the ratio of two fish ponds to a beneficiary to enable them start their fishery enterprises.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed that the Ugbokodo YAGEP fish cluster was one out of the five fish clusters in the state, others sited at Mbiri, Alao-Ossissa, Egbokodo-Itsekiri and Anwai communities.
He stated that each YAGEPreneur would be started-up in the fishery enterprise with 2000 post fingerlings and supported with sufficient fish feeds till the fishes mature to table size.
Our deal with YAGEPreneurs— Gov Okowa
Okowa, represented by the Chief Job Creation Officer, CJCO, Prof Eric Eboh, added that the post fingerlings would be supplied to all YAGEP cluster farms in the state by Songhai Delta, Amukpe, assuring each YAGEPreneur would be placed on a monthly stipend to cater for their welfare for six months in addition to a micro credit loan immediately they take over their ponds to ensure a smooth take-off.
While encouraging them to organize themselves into cooperative societies to benefit from the state government’s micro credit scheme and support to fish farmers, he said the CJCO office will provide them with support for registration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Appreciation: Two of the beneficiaries, Blessing Okiti (Okpe local government area) and Williams Ukpaka Victor (Ughelli South local government area), speaking on behalf of others, expressed gratitude to the state government for its efforts at tackling youth unemployment. They pledged to work hard to become great entrepreneurs and success stories of the job creation scheme.