With the aim to ensure food security and empowerment through diversification, Delta State Government through the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) is set to empower 400 cassava farmers with fertilizers and chemicals.
Speaking in Asaba on Saturday, the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh said that the YAGEP scheme has provided an output of agricultural produce through training of beneficiaries across the state.
According to Eboh, “Recent survey shows that the success rate among YAGEP beneficiaries averages about 71% across the various agricultural enterprises.
He noted that the development of farm enterprise clusters, owned and managed by the youths has transformed the agricultural landscape of the state.
He, however, charged beneficiaries to be employers of labour in their various communities.
While speaking to Daily Independent, one of the beneficiaries, Stephanie Uwadia, a graduate of accounting who hails from Otagbunor, Ndokwa West LGA, lauded the initiative of the government.
“I have been doing cassava farming for over three years. I was inspired to go into farming because my dad is a cassava farmer so I learnt a lot from him because he has used this farm work to train my siblings and I in school.
“After graduating from the tertiary institution with no expectation of getting a job, I decided to start up my cassava farm.
It has been very lucrative though it is capital intensive but consistency is key” she asserted.
In the same vein, Mrs Ebere Onyemikwe, Aniocha South LGA thanked the government for easing the plight of farmers through the scheme.
“I have been into farming for six years. Before the intervention of the Government, it has not been easy to get these quality of fertilizers and chemicals.
The cassava farming is a commercial one because I supply to people who in turn.
This chemicals and fertilizers would aid the healthy growth of the crops”.