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NALDA Targets 17,000 Young Rabbit Farmers in New Scheme

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has commenced a programme to promote rabbit farming among young people.

The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, disclosed this during a recent media briefing.

According to him, the programme is a phase of the Federal Government’s National Young Farmers scheme which seeks to attract no less than 774,000 youths into agribusiness.

Ikonne noted that the Authority had fashioned a programme to take in 17,000 rabbit farmers, especially from the South. He added that the programme has already been kickstarted in some states.

According to him, Imo, Abia, Cross River and Oyo States had already received their rabbits with young farmers already engaged for the first phase of the exercise.

Ikonne noted that the animal husbandry programme of the NALDA had become imperative seeing that the industry is capable of generating enough income for those involved.

“A lot of people don’t know the potential, benefits and money they can make from rearing rabbits. Rabbit has an entire value chain and nothing is a waste farming rabbit.

“From the meat, the hide which is the skin, the pooh and the urine – they are all moneymaking machine.

“So, we are engaging our youths into rabbit farming. NALDA has designed a programme to take in 17,000 rabbit farmers especially in the south and we have commenced the engagement in some states”, the executive secretary explained.

He further explained that the beneficiaries are expected to submit their rabbits’ excreta or meat to the NALDA office after which they will be paid monthly.

He added that the pay will be based on the quantity of the items delivered, adding that rabbit rearing could generate up to a N100, 000 monthly for those involved.

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