Aurally challenged man launches fish farm, seeks government support
An aurally challenged farmer, Emmanuel Isado, has launched a fish farm at Jakande Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, as part of efforts to make sources of protein affordable.
Unveiling the farm, Isado said: “We are aiming to correct the wrong and myopic impressions of many people that the deaf are very lazy, indolent, not creative and ignorant. This is far from the truth.
“The deaf are very hard-working and diligent. It is society that creates negative notions, mindsets and poor attitudes towards the deaf with the effect of relegating them to the background in the scheme of things, which we are set to dismantle here today.”
Representative of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Director of Fisheries, Olalekan Uthman, observed that the enterprise was a good starting point requiring technical, material and infrastructural support.
He promised to work with other appropriate ministries to assist the business. He advised Isado to write officially to the Ministry of Wealth Creation and the ministry in charge of People with Disabilities for help and key into the programmes they offer.
Meanwhile, Isado said: “We want to use this occasion to appeal to the Ministry of Agriculture at the Federal and State levels to consider the plight of deaf farmers and businessmen who are interested in farming and agro-allied businesses.”
He stated that the challenge of funds and support was limiting many deaf people from running profitable business ventures.
Isado added that “this is why we have been working hard to sustain the business ventures we have embarked upon through adoption of sustainable lifestyles and good record keeping and proper management.”