Delta State government has urged the beneficiaries of the 2019/2020 cycle of the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) of the Job and Wealth Creation Programme, to see farm records and bookkeeping as a vital aspect of their enterprises, if they want to be successful entrepreneurs.
The enrollees are among the 850 youths the state targeted for YAGEP and Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) in the current cycle, and they were drawn from across the 25 local government areas of the state.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony of the cycle, workshop and personal orientation for effectiveness, held in Asaba, the Chief Job Creation Officer of the state, Eric Eboh, a professor, said keeping good record of their farm enterprises would enable them make good investment decisions as well as assist them to get financial support to boost their enterprises.
Government, financial institutions and even individuals would find it difficult to support anybody who doesn’t have a record of his or her business, he said.
Resource person, Aniye Francis, speaking on the topic, “Farm Records and Bookkeeping,” advised them to see business/enterprise as an investment rather than leisure.
“Farm records and accounts are very important and the backbone of any farm enterprise aiming at profit maximisation. For any farmer whose objective is to succeed, the keeping of farm records and accounts is very important”, he stressed.
Edward Muekuye, an executive assistant to the Governor (Directorate of Youth for Mentoring and Monitoring, DYMM), said it was the duty of the Directorate to monitor and mentor the beneficiaries to success.
The state commissioner for youth development, Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, advised them against having over-bloated expectations from the government but to work on their mind-sets so as to succeed in their enterprises.
The enrollees are of Brown-YAGEP and Green-YAGEP. Brown-STEP is designed for persons who have already acquired the relevant skills, on the basis of which they are desirous and ready to run their own enterprises.
Green-STEP is designed for persons who are freshers or newcomers to the skills of interest and are desirous and ready to acquire the skills as the basis to start, own and run business enterprises.
They would all commence their months of training having successfully participated in the one-day workshop/orientation programme.