Ogun state government has planned to embark on the breeding of pullets with the potential of producing 15 million eggs annually while the poultry multiplication project of the state would be producing 1.5 million day-old-chickens annually, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, told Daily Trust in a telephone interview.
Sokefun said the 15 million eggs target would be achieved through the 50,000 pullets hatched, reared and sold to over 100,000 small scale poultry farmers at point of cage in the state.
“The pullets have the potentials of producing about 15 million eggs in a year. Let me say that the program is strategically designed to achieve self sufficiency in poultry meat and eggs production to improve the nutritional status and the standard of living of rural people in Ogun State and to encourage the growth of small scale poultry business in the State.
“The ministry under the present administration has embarked on poultry multiplication project situated at Emuren in Ogun East Senatorial District, consisting of poultry breeding and hatchery phases capable of producing 1.5million day old chicks in a year.
“It is important to note that our visionary governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has approved fund for the completion of the rehabilitation of the project which is presently ongoing. It is the desire of my ministry to complete the project and deliver before the end of the second quarter of the current fiscal year,” she said.
Sokefun said her ministry also has turkey demonstration project meant to promote turkey production in the state, adding that the project which is located at Kotopo Abeokuta would include teaching, training and demonstration to farmers and the provision of matured turkeys for sales during festive periods.