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Animal care has handed over 50 units of Eco friendly cages to 50 poultry farmers in Ogun state.
Each unit of the cage as designed by a foreign firm is valued at #120,000 to amount to a total of N6 million worth of cages given out to farmers in the state.
The firm had earlier made a symbolic handing over of the stand alone and echo friendly cages to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun in commemoration of the world food day to encourage and empower small holder farmers.
Speaking at the official handing over ceremony held at the livestock department of the veterinary hospital in Abeokuta, the Chief Operating Officer of Animal Care Consult, Dr. Tunde Ifemade said the gesture by the 41 year old company was to ensure food security.
He said each of the cages costs #120000 and it is to be distributed freely to those with steady source of income and those identified to be interested in poultry business by the State Ministry of Agriculture.
Ifemade said, “As a corporate organization, we are driven by the motto – a candle loses nothing by lighting others. Household food security has been a very big issue in the world. This donation is a CSR on our part and also to ensure that people with steady source of income can make passive income.
“This is Eco Pro cage with feeding and watering system, you can leave your birds in here after giving them feed and water and then go do your other job. There is security in that the birds are prevented from diseases because they don’t have contact to the ground. You can easily extract fecal materials which you can use as fertilizer for your backyard farm.
“We want to encourage as many people as possible to raise poultry to ensure food security. People will be empowered through this scheme and every house hold can have access to enough protein through the yields from the poultry.”
On his part, the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Samason Odedina represented by the Permanent Secretary lauded the gesture by Animal Care calling on farmers to make good use of the opportunity accorded them.
The Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Agriculture, Dr. Angel Kuye disclosed that beneficiaries were drawn across the states to include those who registered for the Anchor borrowers programme but couldn’t access the loan, those who have registered for Agriculture on the state job portal and others who are recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture.
One of the beneficiaries, Adesina Kolawole delighted by the donation encouraged youths to be involved in agriculture early by producing what they eat.