In its pursuit of a Stronger Delta with a self sustaining economy, the Delta State government has today flagged off a training program on poultry production for poultry farmers in the state.
According to the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Julius Egbedi, the training programme is an extension of the Broiler Outgrower Scheme started in 2018, aimed at promoting sustainable poultry production and integrating small-scale poultry farmers into the mainstream value chain by facilitating access to inputs and credit among others.
Hon. Egbedi said that the program was part of a series of programs initiated by the government in order to diversify the economy of the state, provide massive job creation as well as create opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The commissioner revealed that the state government had approved several livestock development projects in the state amongst which was the ongoing Pig Multiplication and Farmer Support Program which had created over sixty direct jobs and was set to produce over one hundred and twenty metric tons of pork per year.
He further said that a new program on Commercial Snail and Grasscutter farming is running concurrently with the Poultry Farmers Support Program, for the year 2020, and fifty farmers have been trained with plans underway for the release of credit to enable them setup their snail farms.
He also said that credit support would be provided for poultry farmers with repayment over a period of two and half years inclusive of moratorium period of three to twelve months depending on the enterprise.
While congratulating the participants on meeting the selection requirements of the program, he called on them to participate actively in the training session, stressing that the information to be shared is key to the success of their business and the program in its entirety.
Also speaking, the program facilitator, Dr Okpara Oghenesuvwe, lauded the state government for the initiative, saying it was a right step in the right direction which if sustained would greatly reduce unemployment in the state as well as strengthen the state’s economy.
Speaking on behalf of the other participants, Mr Christopher Aghuno, thanked the state government for the opportunity to be a beneficiary of the program and promised that they would apply all that they have learnt in their enterprises so as to achieve the objectives the program.