–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh:
Akpoviri Emmanuel hails from Ethiope East Local Government Area. He enrolled in the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in the 2015/2016 cycle and was trained and established in Poultry. He holds an HND in Mechanical Engineering. Seven years after, Emmanuel is still in business and is doing well. Hear him.
“I have been in poultry business in the past seven years. From 400 point of lay birds, 200 daily old broilers and 145 bags of bird feeds, I now have 1,200 layers, 600 poulets and 100 broilers. I harvest a minimum of 25 crates of eggs daily.
“I diversified into plantain, cassava and fresh pepper cultivation in commercial quantities. Though challenging, I enjoy it because I see future in it. I was one of the beneficiaries of Governor Okowa’s cash award to best performing STEP/YAGEP beneficiaries this year too.
“I am married with children; my family is not hungry. I have been able to conquer hunger through YAGEP. I bought a car to facilitate my business. I have an employee, three casual staff and two trainees. Clients consult me to help them establish their farms.”