Minna – The Niger Government has completed a partnership arrangement with a Canadian firm to produce 26 million chickens annually, the state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr Mustapha Lemu, has said.
Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting on Thursday in Minna, Lemu said that the collaborative arrangement followed discussions between the government and the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria.
Lemu said that the proposed poultry farm which would operate on 35 hectares located within the airport city project, would also produce 13 million crates of egg yearly.
He said that the farm was expected to provide direct employment for 10,000 indigenes and ensure the development of small businesses in the area.
He said that the state government was expected to provide N40 million as its contribution for the take-off of the farm, adding: “the farm will revolutionise farming in the state.”
He said the state would benefit from technologies on food processing and preservation, adding that farmers would maximise their gains by reducing post-harvest losses on perishable farm produce.
“Small and medium-sized machinery and technology for juice extraction are readily available and could be acquired and installed through linkages with selected firms in Canada.’’ (NAN)