20 NSS Graduates Complete Poultry Training

Executives take a pose for the cameras with participants

The Management of the National Service Scheme (NSS) in partnership with MASLOC, NBSSI, Venture Capital and NELP among others has completed a weeklong intensive Poultry Entrepreneurial Training Programme for twenty of its graduates.

At the closing session held at the Conference room of the scheme
on Monday, Mustapha Ussif, Executive Director of NSS who paid glowing tribute to
the first trainees who were selected from various parts of the country opined
that the new poultry farmers will each receive seed capitals amounting to Ghc20,
000 as flexible loans among other resources for the job.

The Executive Director was positive the PET programme will help
create employment opportunities of about fifty people in the Poultry value
chain each besides solving the perennial transition challenges into regular
employment.

“The Scheme has prioritized entrepreneurship development for the
start and will provide the relevant skills and expertise to them so that they would
also extend these qualities to others in their areas of operations.

In addition, he stated that the NSS management to this effect has
entered into a strategic partnership with the Songhai Group to establish a
training hub for future personnel to develop the next generation of digital
tools.

The Executive Director of National Board for Small Scale
Industries (NBSSI), Kosi A. Yankey, was happy that PET is an avenue to help
solve graduate unemployment challenges.

According to her though the Poultry sector of the economy comes
with some risks, government continues to place measures in place to curb such
occurrences as disease attacks.

The General Manager, Venture Capital Trust Fund, Hamdiya
Ismaila  noted that it is very
encouraging the rate at which many graduates have resolved to take jobs in the
agricultural and technical  sector.

She advised that though government has put measures to provide funding,
technical and resource support, it is in the interest of the new farmers to start
small and expand as the years roll by.

David Arthur, a participant from the Ashanti region indicated that
participants received tution in Strategies in Agricultural Management with
emphasis on poultry management, Sharing Best Practices and Market targeting
among others.

He mentioned that their start up plan is to win the local market and expand into foreign markets.

By Solomon Ofori



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