The Ogun State Government has handed over the second batch of 54,000 mature broiler birds to off taker under the Ogun Broiler project scheme.
Addressing participants at the official handing over of the birds to the off-taker, under Ogun Broiler Project, second round production by 54 beneficiaries at Odeda Farm Institute, Eweje, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, eulogised the participants for their success in the first and second phases of the project.
Represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, the Governor said the third and fourth phases of the project were underway for the beneficiaries, promising to extend its other Agricultural Zones in the State.
“We started with 54 participants and empowered them with 1,000 birds which they raised profitably in six weeks. They have raised another set of 54,000 broilers in this second phase. We are still going to the third and fourth cycle and these beneficiaries will become pilots and experts in broiler production.
“We encourage other youths to take advantage of the scheme as we are extending it to other local governments”, he stated.
Abiodun posited that it is expected that this cycle will produce over 150 tons of broiler meat to the market which will further reduce decency on foreign poultry product, revealing that over 9,000 youths have enrolled to participate in the expansion of the project.
He said at the end of the 4th phase, beneficiaries would be congregated for further support, pointing out that” one of the outputs of the project is that, we have 54 potential experts in broiler production that will be used as pilot and role model in expansion and encouraging other youths”
The Governor asserted that the average weight of the bird was 2.2Kg, which means, ‘’the State is expecting higher profit after the off take’’.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke said the State government was passionate about youth empowerment through the broiler project which he confirmed has been a success story.
“We have good story about the performance of the first batch, so also this second batch. This is because the State Government is passionate about this project”, he maintained.
In his goodwill message, a representative of the off-taker, Amo Group of Companies, Mr. Yemi Abodunrin, extolled the State Government’s Strides for choosing dedicated youths for the Broiler Project, pleading that government should increase the capacity of the pens.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Tella Akintunde Oluwaseun from Odeda Local Government said, as an unemployed graduate, he took advantage of the Broiler Project and realised 137,000 naira in the first phase, expressing optimism that his profit in this second phase would far outweigh the first, thus encouraging other youths not to stay idle, rather take advantage of the project to earn a living.
Ahmed Taofeek & Tunwase Dokunmu,
Press Officers, Ministry of Agric