The State Government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) beneficiaries in fish production displaced by ravaging flood early this year at Akakpo-Anwai Fish Cluster have been re-established.
The beneficiaries, 44 in number, are to begin afresh with new starter pack at Anwai YAGEP Fish Cluster comprising 2 fish ponds each, 2000 juveniles, fish feeds to train their fish to maturity, #50,000.00 start-up allowance, #15,000.00 monthly stipend for 6 months among other items.
Handing over the fish ponds to the beneficiaries on behalf of the State Government, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, thanked them for their patience over the unfortunate flood that submerged their ponds and carried away their fish.
He reiterated the State Government’s commitment to re-establishing them to ensure that they secure a sustainable means of livelihood and that they grow their businesses to enable them to train and employ other unemployed youths.
“You are here to take ownership of these ponds, to possess and prepare the ponds to receive your juveniles next week. You will receive your feeds, 22mm first, while 3mm, 4.5mm, 6mm and 9mm will be distributed in batches. Today, you will be enrolled for 6 months stipend of #15,000.00 each month and #50,000.00 cash allowance next week,” Prof Eboh emphasized.
On his part, the consultant who developed the technology, Engr. Dele Okhidievbie, said asbestos is best used in building fish ponds in swampy terrain, adding that there is no difference between the fish ponds supported by asbestos and the uncovered earthen ponds.
He explained that it is a good model of fish farming used in Zimbabwe in swamping areas where the soil cannot retain water.
While advising them to maintain strict discipline and hygiene to avoid water pollution and introduction of virus to the ponds, he said the technology will address every threat of flooding.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Joel Egwuenu from Ika North Local Government Area, expressed their gratitude to the Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa and the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, for the efforts put in to ensure that they are re-established after they lost all their fish to flood.
He pledged the members of the cluster’s commitment to ensuring that that the vision of the Governor is realised after the cycle and that they grow to become self-reliant and employers of labour.