Plantain Flour Industry Underway In Umeh

BY AUSTIN OYIBODE
DELTA State Government is set to establish a plantain Flour processing industry at Umeh, in Isoko South Local Government Area. This is in addition to the on-going road construction in the area.
Addressing the community members during a visit to inform them of government’s intention to establish a cottage industry in the area, Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Antonia Ashiedu, said the searchlight of Delta State Government has been beamed on the community as government is now set to alleviate the pains of Umeh people.
Ashiedu told the people that Umeh is blessed with fertile land for agriculture which does not require fertilizer for the crops to yield, maintaining that time has come for the good of the land to be brought to public glare.

She explained that besides giving the people the micro-credit loan for those running micro businesses, the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation has concluded plans to establish a plantain flour processing industry in the community.
Ashiedu, who was accompanied by the management staff of IC-Global Micro-Finance Bank, explained the modalities for accessing the loan and the need for a piece of land for the cottage industry.
According to her, accessing the loan does not require a third party and does not require a collateral security and is interest free but payment begins after three months moratorium which depends on the business involved.
Earlier, President General of Umeh Development Union, Mr. Philip Utoro, commended Delta State Government for identifying Umeh as one of the communities to benefit from the infrastructural development agenda of the state government.
He said, Umeh people are poverty ridden ,not because they are lazy, but because of natural disasters which have worked against the agricultural yields of the people.