As part of reforms by Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to boost food sufficiency, the Edo State Government has rolled out plans for over 109 poultry farmers expected to benefit from the government’s N130,800,000 investment in the pilot phase of its poultry production scheme.

This programme is being implemented with support from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure food security and wealth creation in the state.

Farmers are adviced to open bank accounts and would be given loans at a 9 per cent interest rate and the birds would be sold directly to the off takers.

Okojie had noted that the investment in poultry farming is part of the deliberate policy to meet the protein requirement of the state, and also to reduce the importation of frozen poultry goods into the state. About 109 poultry farmers will be given 1,000 birds each at a production cost of N130,800,000 to raise poultry products for sales during the Christmas season.

The governor`s aid had however warned that the state government would not tolerate a situation where farmers divert farm inputs given to them.

The Governor encourages farmers to be passionate about the Agriprenuer programme in order to assist the state in achieving its aims for the programme.

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