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ENI Ghana operator of the Ghana’s Sankofa oil field Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) has begun a Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP) for the people of Sanzule, a release issued here on Monday stated.

In all, 12,750 day-old chicks were brought in and distributed to 25 households which had selected poultry as their option under the LRP.

“This plan has been jointly designed with the beneficiaries and is part of the effort of OCTP joint venture – formed by Eni Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and Vitol to support diversification and growth of the economy in the region,” the statement explained.

The chickens were drawn from a fertile breed and are expected to start laying eggs on daily basis over an 18-month period.

This is expected to provide the beneficiary households with a steady source of income and livelihood.

Under the project, the International Oil Company (IOC) said it would also provide chicken coops, supplies of breeders, feed and drugs, veterinary services, and specific training, mentoring and coaching to the beneficiary households as part of its corporate social responsibility to the community.

According to the release, other households have selected similar programs focusing on piggery, while 39 chose sheep rearing.

Some 62 households have selected aquaculture and will benefit from the set-up and management of fish ponds to be harvested and sold to generate revenue.

Catfish has been identified as the most appropriate choice for the ponds to start with.

It explained that catfish was well adapted to the area and had had higher survival rate than tilapia, and enjoyed strong demand on local markets.

“Based on an investment of 3.9 million US dollars, the program includes activities in the areas of continuous cropping, livestock husbandry, aquaculture and fishing, processors, and training,” the partners, including government of Ghana, stated.

Participants, according to the release, chose the options they wished to develop, with the Joint Venture (JV) providing capacity building, direct investment and support for three years for 205 households who have been directly impacted by OCTP activities for a total of more than 1,400 persons.

Demonstration farms for aquaculture and livestock keeping have been constructed and equipped with fish, livestock and tools, and have been hosting training activities.

There is also support for hairdressing, food, maize and cassava processing and soap making whilst structures for dress making, welding, bakery, cold storage, pig sties, advanced smokers, carpentry and masonry are near completion.

Vocation and technical training activities are taking place in a local professional school at Sanzule.

“Once all the trainings are completed, the training equipment will be formally handed over to the school,” the partners added.

The LRP was developed in compliance with International Finance Corporation (IFC) standards, and activities are constantly monitored by the World Bank and IFC

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