By Nefishetu Yakubu, Benin.
The Edo State Government has empowered at least 5,000 poultry farmers to produce 10,000 birds daily.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security in Edo, Stephen Idehenre, disclosed this during an interactive session with newsmen in Benin on Wednesday.
He said that government was collaborating with a processing company to process the 10,000 birds daily in Iguoriakhi and Iguobazuwa, Ovia South West Local Government Area.
He said: “The state government, in partnership with Heifer Company, will support the processor to process 10,000 birds daily.
“To be able to meet with the supply of these 10,000 birds daily, we have aggregated 5,000 smallholder poultry farmers to produce birds.
“We are empowering them with 500 day-old-chicks each as start-up.
“They will produce 10,000 birds daily that will be sold within and outside Edo.”
The commissioner said that for the egg value chain, the state government had also entered into a partnership with an egg powder production company to offtake the eggs.
“It means that every poultry farmer producing eggs has a ready market to offtake all their eggs.
“We found out that their major problem has to do with offtake,” he said.
Idehenre also said that the companies would begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2023 “because agreement has been signed and land preparation completed”.
He expressed optimism that with the initiative, the state would become the leading producer of egg powder in the nearest future.
“Side by side, we are collaborating with another company to produce eggs in large quantities, so that we do not create scarcity in the state when the company start to offtake most of the eggs.
“We gave them 10 hectares of land for this purpose in Iguoriakhi,” he said.
Idehenre said that the government’s project is designed to boost egg production in the state.