Management of the National Service Scheme (NSS) has awarded a total sum of GH¢400,000 as a support fund for a Poultry Entrepreneurship Project to some selected national service personnel to start their own poultry businesses.
The initiative, which is a collaboration between from MASLOC, and National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), Venture Capital and National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) and, National Youth Authority (NYA) ended with a week-long training dubbed Poultry Entrepreneurship Training (PET) is aimed at equipping graduates who are interested in poultry farming with the necessary skills to start their own poultry farm.
Speaking at the award ceremony, the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Hon. Mustapha Ussif said the programme is aimed at training and supporting graduates to work to mitigate the alarming rate of poultry import into the country.
“I am confident that the initiative and success of the first cohort will stimulate the interest of other youth to venture into poultry and gradually help erode the perception that farming is for the old and poor.” He indicated.
He further admonished the beneficiaries to be ambassadors for the programme and justify why other graduates should also be supported by making judicious use of the funds provided them.
“I want to reiterate that the NSS is focused on creating entrepreneurs out of a large number of service persons who pass through the Scheme so they will become job creators rather than moving from one office to the other looking in search of jobs.” He mentioned.
Beneficiaries of the project were selected from among 500 graduates following a year-long field training at the various NSS farms.
On her turn, the Executive Director of NBSSI Mrs. Kossi Yankey said the investment in the poultry is a strategic one that has the potential to provide a livelihood to many young people and therefore advised the youth to be focused, and invest in research and modern practices to grow their business.
She further maintained that the NBSSI will keep to its promise to support the beneficiaries as they venture into business.
“We are happy to young people take up the mantle to be part of creating change in our communities and we assure you that NBSSI will keep supporting you.”
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Walter Adzibgli expressed his gratitude and assured the fund providers that they will live up to expectation as they pursue their expectations.
“We have been charged by the program to do more and Ghanaians should expect that we will be able to produce poultry meat, especially broiler into the market so that we can cut down the level of import of poultry in this country.” He added.