|NYEP To Support GAFUND To Provide Jobs For Youths|
|Monday, 04 June 2012 08:41|
The National Coordinator for the National Youth Employment Programme, Mr Abuga Pele has stated that Government, in its efforts to reduce the menace of unemployment among the youth, is collaborating with the Global Agricultural Foundation (GAFUND), a non-governmental organization to provide about fifty thousand jobs for the youths in the Volta and Eastern Regions.
The foundation is currently specializing in tilapia farming, being one of the agricultural modules that is going to create job avenues for the youth.
He disclosed this when he inspected ongoing construction of a fingerling hatchery by GAFUND at Kpeve Tornu in the Volta Region.
He expressed satisfaction about the level of work done and commended the organization for fulfilling their part of the collaboration and pledged the support of government to ensure that jobs are created for the youth of Ghana.
Mr Abuga Pele noted that investing into tilapia farming was much profitable due to its high market demand adding that much expansion could be done because countries such as Togo and Benin were much interested in the kind of tilapia produced in Ghana.
He said one of the significance of tilapia production was the presence of various sales points across the country, which has created avenues of income for many women who indulge in the sale.
He therefore reiterated government’s commitment in ensuring that the youths are provided with jobs in order to earn a living.
The Executive Secretary for GAFUND, Rev. Afenu Worlanyo noted that the project was about 80% complete adding that their next focus would be on the establishment of feed production center at Kpeve Tornu.
He said it has become necessary for the establishment of the fingerling hatchery due to delay and high mortality rate in acquiring and transporting the fingerlings to the cages, which results in low productivities and other setbacks.
He said the beneficiaries would be recruited in pilot bases starting with about five hundred people who would be trained and established to own their personal cages.
Source: ISD (David Okonkwo Lartey, Kpeve Tornu)