By Ifeanyi Olannye
Asaba, Aug. 14, 2020 The Delta Government said on Thursday that it had commenced 50 people on snail and grass cutter farming, aimed at diversifying the state’s economy.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Julius Egbedi, said in a statement in Asaba that government would give credit facilities to participants to set up snail and grass cutter farms.
Egbedi said the government had also flagged-off the 2020 Poultry Farmers Support Programme, aimed at making the state self-sustaining.
The commissioner noted that the poultry programme was an extension of the State Government Broiler Out-grower Scheme, which started in 2018.
According to Egbedi, a new programme on commercial snail and grass cutter farming is taking place same time with the Poultry Farmers Support Programme for this year.
“Fifty farmers are being trained with plans underway for government to release credit facility to enable them setup their farms.
“Government will also extend the credit support for poultry farmers and repayment will spread over a period of 30 months with a moratorium period of three to 12 months, depending on the enterprise.
Egbedi said that the programme was part of an initiative by the government to diversify the economy of the state, create job and engender opportunities for enterprise.
According to him, the State Government has also approved livestock development projects, including the ongoing Pig Multiplication and Farmer Support Programme.
“The pig programme has created over 60 direct jobs and is set to produce over 120 metric tonnes of pork every year.
The commissioner charged participants to take the training seriously, noting that information was key to the success of their businesses.