Egg Production Scheme Expected To Empower 1000 People
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The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that at least one million jobs can be created through its National Egg Production (NEGPRO) Scheme.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, during a meeting with the Technical Committee on National Egg Production in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ogbeh expressed optimism that though the scheme, the country would be self-sufficient in egg production by which poultry value chain would be developed across the 36 states of the country including FCT.
The minister disclosed that the scheme would start in Ondo State and subsequently in other states of the country.
He said, “The ministry will work with the committee and with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we will achieve the goal of the scheme.”
“Unless we deal with the problem of food, Africa cannot survive,’’ he said.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Toyin Taiwo, also stated in a document that the scheme was aimed at increasing egg production, processing and consumption in the country.
Taiwo, who is also the Director, Animal Husbandry in the ministry, said the egg production scheme would help in achieving diversification of the economy as well as increase the contribution of agriculture to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
“The scheme is for the period of five years and at full operation nationwide, it is expected to provide about 50 million table eggs daily for local consumption, export, processing into egg powder for use in confectionaries and pharmaceuticals,’’ he said.
In the same vein too, Chief Tunde Badmus, the Chairman of Tuns Farms Limited and National Anchor of the scheme, stated that the CBN will give farmers necessary loan to embark on egg production across the country after the flag off of the programme in the different states.
Among the facilitators of the scheme he listed include the Bank of Agriculture, the Poultry Association of Nigeria, CBN and the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation.
Recall that in 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tuns farms to develop the scheme to improve nutrition and egg production across the country.