The Delta Government has received delivery of 20,000 seed nuts and 8,000 seedlings of coconut from the National Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Badagry, to boost the its Coconut Development Programme (DESCODEP), initiative.
The Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr Aneke Ifemeni, receiving the consignment on Saturday at Onicha-Ukwuani in Ndokwa West Local Governnent Area of the state, noted that the seed nuts would be used to develop nurseries, while the seedlings were going to be used for immediate planting.
Ifemeni said that with the delivery and other efforts already put in, DESCODEP was good to go with its mandate of popularising coconut planting and development in the state
He urged interested individuals and communities to partner with the programme as conceived by the state governor, for a guaranteed economic growth in the future.
Ifemeni who is also the Programme Coordinator called on youths to look beyond non existing white collar jobs and key into the coconut development programme and assured them that in the nearest future they would start reaping the benefits of the venture.
Ifemeni commended governor for creating the enabling environment for the programme to take off, saying that it would created employment for youths in partnering communities.
He said that Onicha-Ukwuani would serve as DESCODEP’S take off point because the community had the facilities to nurture the programme and thanked other communities that had made land available to the state government for the project.
Also, the Programme Manager of DESCODEP, Mr Eugene Nwaedozie, called on those still sceptical about the programme to put away their doubt and embrace the project as coconut farming had come to stay in Delta.
On his part, the Onicha-Ukwuani Farm Manager, Mr Ashikordi Chinedu, said before now people were ignorant of the many benefits of coconut, but that the story had change as the usefulness of coconut was now known to all.
An employee of the farm, Mr Destiny Oyem, said that he never dreamed of being paid for working in a coconut farm and expressed gratitude to governor and the management of DESCODEP for letting the people of the state to know the economic benefits of coconut.