By our correspondent
Poultry farmers have admonished the federal government to invest in livestock farming to create employment opportunities and boost the local economy.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jwantu Poultry Enterprise, Mr. Mathew Jwantu gave the advice while presenting gifts to winners of the company’s 2019 Christmas/New year “buy and win” promo in Koropa, Paikoro Local government of Niger state.
Jwantu frowned at the attitude of government towards poultry farming in the country, saying, “of the teeming unemployed youths in Niger state, only 50 were trained in poultry farming through National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
“Only 200 birds were given to them to handle for practicals for eight weeks.”
The renowned farmer further cried that the high cost of chicks and poultry feeds was crushing the business.
Jwantu said “Day old chicks went as high as five hundred naira for the first time in Nigeria,” he said.
“The good news however is that few farmers especially those that are old in the business took the advantage of the boarder closure to sell more than ever before.”
He in particular made high sales for the best quality birds, he claimed.
reared them for about 12- 13 weeks instead of the usual 8-9 weeks that others do.
“All my customers know very well that I don’t boost my birds with Chemicals because I know the implications on human health. All you need to do is put them early if you want to enjoy good yield.”
His star prize for the 2019 Christmas buy and win promo according went to Mrs. Joy Ibrahim from Maitumbi, second prize to Mrs Celine Moses Alkali, the General Manager Ultimate FM while the third prize went to Mr Joseph Haruna.