Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Southeast Nigeria has inaugurated the Abia poultry cluster which was established to bridge the gap between knowledge-based and practical agriculture.
Ikpeazu expressed the need for potential farmers to understand the dynamics of poultry farming and imperatives of routine vaccination in poultry farming.
He said that the cluster would help to equip potential poultry farmers with the expertise for eliminating variables that affect the success of poultry production.
The governor said that the project would also be replicated in Abia North and Abia South Senatorial Districts and the 17 local government areas of Abia.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji, said that Abia is the only state in Nigeria that had keyed into the project and completed it in record time.
Mgbeoji described the project as a testament of Abia government’s commitment to improve agricultural development in Abia.
Mrs Uzoamaka Ikonne, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, said that Abia government had approved the establishment of a processing plant to address the issue of poultry product glut.
Ikonne said that the program would go a long way to provide an avenue for the unemployed youths in the state.
Mr. Okey Igwe, the Chairman of Abia House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, described the project as a catalyst for state and national economic growth.
Igwe said that the “Abia 7th House of Assembly is working to pass a Farm bill which is believed to harness and open the value chain of agriculture.”
Mr. Nonso Ogbunamiri, the Consultant Manager of Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme, said that the scheme had the mandate to train no fewer than 1,000 youths in poultry farming.
He said “in a period of five years these farmers will be guided to the point where they will become capable to run a poultry.”