The Delta State Government has flagged off a training program on poultry production for poultry farmers in the state in pursuit of a stronger Delta with a self-sustaining economy.
The program organised under the aegis of the poultry farmers support program of the Delta State Government is an extension of the Broiler out grower scheme which started in 2018.
The report says the programme is 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.
Declaring the program open the Delta State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Julius Egbedi, said the program was part of a series of programs initiated by the government to diversify the economy of the state, provide massive job creation and create opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The Commissioner recalled that the government had approved several livestock development projects in the state amongst which is the ongoing pig multiplication and farmer support program which has created over 60 direct jobs and is set to produce over 120 metric tons of pork per year.
He further revealed that a new programme on commercial snail and grass cutter farming is running concurrently with the poultry farmers support program, for the year 2020 of which fifty farmers were trained with plans underway for the release of credit to enable them setup their snail farms.
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 it’s entirely.
One of the participants Mr Christopher Aghuno, on behalf of other participants thanked the State Government for the opportunity to be a beneficiary of the program and promised that they will apply all that they would be taught in their enterprises so as to achieve the objectives of the program.