Lockdown: Farmers seek soft loans for rabbit farming

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 Executive Officer, Rabbit City Farm, Emmanuel Gyang has called on Plateau Government to assist rabbit farmers with loans to enable them to recover from the effect of lockdown against the COVID-19.

Gyang made the call in an interview in Jos on Friday.

According to him, the lockdown, against further spread of the novel coronavirus disease, has made many families think out of the box as they are showing interest in learning more about rabbit farming.

“Right now, we have five people on the ground, out of which three have completed their training.

“We are still expecting more to come and register,” he said.

Gyang said the City Farm was receiving calls on a daily basis from people who make enquiries about rabbit farming.

“Most of these people coming for training need financial support to stay in the business as they are very enthusiastic about starting their own business.

“The demand for breeding stock is very high now but with less to supply.

“Hence the need for the state government to give succour to rabbit farmers in form of soft loans, especially the upcoming farmers.”

Gyang said that people no longer come out to buy rabbit product as a result of the pandemic but that training was on-going.

He said that the farm size could only take five people at a time to obey the social distancing and other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic. 

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