The Federal Government has concluded plans to create more than one million jobs across the country through egg production, processing and marketing under the National Egg Production (NEGPRO) scheme.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Chief Audu Ogbeh, who disclosed this recently at a meeting with the Technical Committee on NEGPRO in Abuja, hopes that the scheme would facilitate the country’s attainment of self-sufficiency in egg production.
According to him, the scheme would be inaugurated in Ondo State and subsequently in other states across the country. He added that the ministry would work with the committee and with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He said the ministry would achieve the goal of the scheme, stating that unless people deal with the problem of food, Africa cannot survive.
Also speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the committee and Director, Animal Husbandry in the ministry, Mr. Toyin Taiwo, said the programme would enhance egg production processing and consumption across the country.
He explained that the programme would accelerate the nation’s economic diversification policy, and further raise the contribution of agriculture to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He said, “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.”
However, Chairman of Tuns Farms Limited and National Anchor of the scheme, Chief Tunde Badmus, disclosed that the CBN would provide farmers with loans to begin egg production.