A Non-Governmental Organisation, Awaken Nigeria for Agriculture, says it has trained over 3,000 women on modern ways of raising local chickens in Kaduna State.
President of the organization, Busola Olaniyi, who disclosed this in Kaduna, said the first batch of the training began in November 2017 and ended in February.
“We have so far trained 3,115 community women on the best practices to increase the production of local chicken using both modern and local feeding methods and vaccines.
“The programme is being facilitated by PropCom Maikarfi and funded by the Department for International Development to reduce poverty among women in Northern Nigeria,’’ she said.
Olaniyi said the programme, currently implemented in eight local government areas, aimed at improving the livelihood of women and also enrich their family nutritional needs.
She said at the end of the 2017 programme, no fewer than 17, 748 birds were vaccinated against possible outbreak of diseases in 20 communities across the eight local government areas.
“The benefiting communities were drawn from Igabi, Ikara, Zaria, Makarfi, Kaura, Zango-Kataf, Kaduna North and Kaduna South Local Government Areas.
“ Each of the women were given a hen to start a local poultry in their homes.
“They were able to increase their knowledge and adopt good business practices in growing local chicken for both economic value and local consumption in homes,’’ Olaniyi said.
She said they were also trained on methods of record keeping, working in groups and cooperatives for greater achievement of set targets.
“The training encouraged farmers specifically on how to increase production of local chicken.
“Participants were able to know how to identify New Castle health challenges and how to improve management.
“One of the significance of the training is to engage women in providing supplementary feeding in addition to the chicken’s natural feeding methods.
“This is achieved using the “making markets work for the poor” approach, which focuses on identifying the major barriers to growth and access for the poor.
“ The programme aims to ensure that 50 per cent of the beneficiaries are women.
“It employs market solutions to addressing those barriers in a sustainable manner, working with the relevant market players.“ she said.
Olaniyi said the interventions by DFID and PM, covering up to six agricultural and rural products, seek to increase access, affordability and availability without compromising quality.
She said the programme intends to reach 500,000 poor people with improved access to inputs and finances, to increase productivity and income among women in the Northern region.