Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh has disclosed that the National Egg Production (NEGPRO) Scheme initiated by the Federal Government could create no fewer than one million jobs.
Speaking during a meeting with the Technical Committee on National Egg Production in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the minister expressed optimism that the country would be self-sufficient in egg production through the scheme, adding that the poultry value chain would be developed across the 36 states of the country, including the FCT.
Ogbeh said the scheme would be inaugurated in Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria and subsequently in other states of the country.
“The ministry will work with the committee and with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we will achieve the goal of the scheme. Unless we deal with the problem of food, Africa cannot survive”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Toyin Taiwo, stated that the scheme was aimed at strengthening egg production, processing and consumption in the country.
Taiwo, who is also the Director, Animal Husbandry in the ministry, said the scheme would help diversify the economy and increase the contribution of agriculture to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
“The scheme is for the period of five years and at full operation nationwide, it is expected to provide about 50 million table eggs daily for local consumption, export, processing into egg powder for use in confectioneries and pharmaceuticals”, he said.
According to the chairman of Tuns Farms Limited and National Anchor of the scheme, Tunde Badmus, farmers would be given loans by the CBN to kick start egg production across the country after the flag off of the programme in states.
Badmus listed the facilitators of the scheme to include Bank of Agriculture, the Poultry Association of Nigeria, CBN and the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation.