by Akawu Johnson in TARABA, Nigeria
The Blessed Farmers Coop Fish Farming will address critical issues of resource and land utilization in wukari. The project will create sustainable employment for youths in wukari and afford the surrounding communities with alternative source of protein and modern fish farming techniques to hundreds of residents in the community thereby realizing livelihoods for many more among families. The farm owners- Blessed Farmers cooperative intend to put up to three 40×30 meters ponds to farm cat fish and fresh water tilapia on their 20 acre farm in pwadzu wukari for export and local market. The principal economic activity in pwadzu is agriculture but lately reliable rain fall has dwindled and natural water sources are drying up. This has brought about predicament to existence of sustainable economic activities and its consequences have been laid bare. Poverty and climate change have further aggravated the situation. The situation is worsening in the absence of deliberate efforts to diversify...
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Goal of the project
The goal of the project is to encourage interest and generate activities leading to a reassessment of resources and practices which will increase the production of farmers products and to provide an avenue for local youths to support their own living in having access to basic services, and be self-reliant through earning their own income through the sale of their fish.
3.1 OBJECTIVE ONE
To reduce poverty by creating employment opportunities that may not exist. Some unemployed wukari youths will be employed on the fish farm, while others will self employ themselves from the resultant activities like buying, supplying and distribution of harvested fish.
3.2 OBJECTIVE TWO
To increase the range of choices in protein source the majority of communities in wukari and beyond know only cereals and â€śabbaâ€ť as the only sources of protein. However â€śabbaâ€ť is expensive for them to afford and the climate conditions are difficult to sustain cereals.
3.3 OBJECTIVE THREE
To encourage sustainable production practices and skills among wukari youths by innovating and improving business practices tailored to their localities.
3.4 OBJECTIVE FOUR
To improve the nutritional status of the beneficiaries through provision of fish as a source of protein as well as diversifying income for the resource poor households to sustainably reduce shocks and stress.
3.5 OBJECTIVE FIVE
Show that unemployed and uneducated youths are not a problem to the community but assets to the community by mobilizing them to work together for common benefits.
1. PROJECT METHODOLOGY
The methodology to be adopted by the project is the participatory approach. The Blessed farmerâ€™s fish farming project will be situated at the villages where blessed farmers has its present. The project will operates a fish farm at the project headquarters at the same time distribute available inputs to the project beneficiaries. These inputs will be recovered and recycle to other beneficiaries until all project members are being serviced.
4.1 TARGET POPULATION
Wukari local government has an estimated population of 241,546 with an annual growth rate of over 05% and I expected to increase due to increasing economic activities in the area. The project therefore targets the increasing demand for fresh fish produce. The demand for fresh fish is ever rising due to population increase in the area. The project therefore intends to supply the produce to at least a quarter of wukari population and many more consumers outside the local government.