Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday advised parents to encourage their children to key into his administration’s agriculture revolution programme to enhance food security.
Okowa gave the advice at the inauguration of Mega Fish Farmers Cooperative Union at Okelle Farms in Ugbisi, Udu LGA of the state.
The governor said that 682 fish farmers in Delta had benefited from the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He advised youths to take advantage of the ABP and the abundant arable land in the state to engage in food production.
“The oil economy appears to be going down and it is time for us, as parents, to talk to our children to embrace agriculture.
“We are glad that the number of our people benefitting from the anchor programme has assisted to swell up the number of entrepreneurs we have created in the last two years.
“When you add the 682 beneficiaries in the first batch of the anchor programme to the over 3,000 that we have through Youth Agriculture Empowerment Programme (YAGEP), you will see that the efforts towards diversifying our economy through agriculture, is on course.
“Government cannot continue to employ people into the civil service; so we are happy when the CBN introduced the Anchor programme which has supported aqua-culture, rice production, among others,” the governor said.
Okowa said that his administration keyed into agriculture to reduce unemployment and enhance the culture of food sustainability.
He commended the Mega Fish Farmers Cooperative Society for the successful commencement of sale of fish.
Responding, the Chairman of the Cooperative, Mr Christopher Egwuyenga said that the farmers have produced 2,046 tons of fish in their first batch of harvest.