The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has said there are numerous and diverse potentials within the poultry value chain to create jobs and increase the means of livelihood of Nigerians.
Speaking at the commissioning of a Cottage Poultry Processing Facility at Dei Dei Livestock Market in Abuja on Monday, Abubakar said the event was to set the pace for the transformation of the livestock sub-sector in line with international best practices as well as provide a clean and hygienic environment for the processing of the birds in the best interest of consumers.
Specifically, the Minister said it was time to ensure the provision of healthy protein to the public to maintain a healthy population.
‘’There are numerous and diverse potentials within the poultry value chain which have provided ample opportunities and raw material for small, medium and large-scale businesses to thrive in Nigeria thus creating numerous jobs, increasing means of livelihood and also improving nutrition in several Nigerian homes.
“The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had reported that Nigeria is the largest annual egg producer with the second-largest chicken population in Africa amounting to about 180 million birds adding that about 44% are raised in extensive systems, 33% in semi-intensive, and 23% in intensive systems.
“Currently, over 85 million people are involved in one form of poultry business or another making intervention in the poultry sector imperative for job creation and income generation for farmers, processors and marketers as well as for the country,’’ Abubakar said.
The minister, therefore, urged the states and local governments to adopt the project and replicate the same in their domains for the benefit of the people.
On his part, Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions, Alhaji Munir DanAgundi, who commended the ministry for constructing the facility, said it would create more opportunities for the poultry farmers to operate in a more hygienic environment and sell healthy and quality protein to the public.
Also, the Director, Animal Husbandry Services Department in the Ministry, Dr Winnie Solarin noted that the cottage poultry processing facility would fast-track the practices in the livestock sub-sector towards creating more jobs, increasing productivity and boosting revenue for poultry farmers.
Furthermore, she said the initiative would ensure better practices in the processing and storage of poultry products.
AgroNigeria gathered that the processing facility has a cold room for the preservation of processed poultry products, among others.
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