Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Stakeholders Commend Govt's Egg Production Scheme

By James Emejo

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have commended the federal government for instituting the National Egg Production (NEGPRO) scheme aimed at helping the country to achieve self sufficiency in local egg production in order to stop importation.

The NEGPRO scheme is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture aimed at increasing the output of egg production in the country to 50 million table eggs daily by 2018.

It further aims at creating about 1 million jobs at full capacity, empowering as many farmers as possible, increasing contribution of poultry sector to GDP of Nigeria as well as increasing internally generated revenues to the federal government.

However, stakeholdershave applauded the government for appointing an indigenous firm-Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited as consultant and manager of the scheme.

Executive Director, Chi Farms, a leading producer of day old chicks in Nigeria, Mr. Martin Middernacht, expressed support for the federal government for introducing the scheme, adding that NEGPRO is an important initiative that will improve food security and economic diversification.

While further commending the appointment of Tuns Farms as consultant, he said as a stakeholder, his company would support the successful implementation of the initiative.

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