The Senate Committee on Agriculture has disclosed that the Federal Government is ready to assist and provide the needed support for Nigerian youths who are ready to take up poultry farming.
This disclosure was made in a welcome address read on behalf of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdulahi Adamu at the opening ceremony of Youth Empowerment Workshop on Poultry Production held at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (I. A. R & T), Apata, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The one week training workshop programme on Poultry Production, Processing and Marketing which runs for 4th-10th February, 2018 is being organised by Sevenwest Contractor Ltd. and Bora Agro Nigeria Ltd in collaboration with the Senate Committee on Agriculture.
Adamu said this workshop and training is coming at a time when dwindling oil price is not favourable to Nigeria economy, and at a time when Nigeria is diversifying her revenue source from oil economy dependent to agricultural based revenue.
He maintained that, currently, there is a dire need of animal protein source from livestock to reduce the nutritional crisis, especially among children at the growing phase of life, a critical stage of growth requiring balanced diet for brain development, sound mind and intellectual.
He therefore enjoined participants to take up this vocation as a means of livelihood, more importantly, to improve their economic base and standard of living.
“Your participation in this workshop is also expected to help reduce the problem of malnutrition associated with low animal protein intake of ever increasing human population in Nigerian and even contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria”.
Also speaking at the workshop, the Executive Director of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (I. A. R & T) Professor James Adediran, said there is need to improve poultry production in Nigeria.
Adediran maintained that poultry production is an important sub-sector of the livestock industry in Nigeria.
According to him, if poultry production is given proper attention, it will go a long way in reducing the problem of malnutrition associated with low animal protein intake among Nigerians.
The I.A.R&T boss added that apart from this, improved poultry production will also contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria, and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
“This workshop is timely and in line with the Federal Government initiative of empowering the youth to reduce the unemployment crisis in Nigeria through poultry production.
“You are all aware that poultry production in Nigeria is an important sub – sector of the livestock industry and the most practised of all other livestock enterprise. It has contributed and is still contributing to the income of resource poor smallholder farmers”.
Also at the event was Professor Adeboye Omole, Head of Programme, Trypanolerant Livestock Improvement Programme, of the agricultural research institute.