The House of Representatives committee on agricultural colleges and institutions in collaboration with Piusity Global Resources Limited and Bora Agro Nigeria Limited have trained no fewer than one hundred and forty seven (147) youths drawn from Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Ekiti and Ebonyi in both poultry and piggery production.
The one week training which was held at Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (I.A.R&T) Ibadan was organised by the committee headed by Hon. Linus Okorie in collaboration with Piusity Global Resources Limited and Bora Agro Nigeria Limited.
According to the speakers and organisers at the end of the week-long intensive training on Wednesday, the training was put together to improve both poultry and piggery production in Nigeria.
The Executive Director of IAR&T, Professor James Adediran who spoke through the Deputy Director of the institute, Dr. Ayodele Adegbite at the end of the training tagged “Training and Empowerment of Youth on Poultry and Piggery Production, Processing and Marketing in selected federal constituencies maintained that poultry and piggery production are one of the important sub-sector of the livestock industry in Nigeria.
Adediran maintained that poultry and piggery production, if given proper attention, would go a long way in reducing the problem of malnutrition associated with low animal protein intake among Nigerians.
He added that apart from this, improved poultry production and piggery 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 and piggery 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”.