By Olawale Gabriel
THE The Chief Executive Officer, Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery (AFSH) , Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, has disclosed that its partnership with Edo State government is part of its vision to empower rural poor, especially women, through the revival of backyard and semi-intensive farming system.
Speaking at the launch of Amo Noiler initiative in Benin-City, Oduntan disclosed that the initiative is designed to improve the quality of life of rural women by enhancing their employment and income opportunities. “The company believes that poultry for the poorest people will have an added advantage by way of regular day to day cash returns by sale of eggs and periodic cash income from sale of birds for meeting the occasional family exigencies.
Oduntan said to revive the abandoned backyard and semi-intensive farming system that constitute about 70 per cent of total bird population, “AFSH joined hands with the First Lady Edo State to contribute their quota to poverty alleviation and improving nutritional condition of widows and less privileged people in the state.
He explained that Amo Noiler is multicoloured dual purpose breed cross suitable for back yard rearing. According to him, the breeder stocks are well vaccinated and maintained under stringent Bio security to produce a chick with good liveability and excellent performance.“The offspring will have a good disease resistance like a native chicken and the fast growing character of the bird helps in less brooding efforts, less fat, tasty and higher meat yield compared to native birds.
“The meat is tougher than the commercial broiler meat and they are reared with no antibiotics and chemicals as they can be transformed into ‘organic chicken’.
He added that “The dual purpose birds have all the attributes of native, faster growth, less fat and more eggs that suits small farmers. Their slow growth feature thrive on low inputs and meet the gap of nutritional security of developing countries.
“One bird per week can supply 500gms chicken per head every week. This also can make a huge difference in meeting the per capita consumption of the country,” he said.
Giving details of the business model of the initiative, Country Coordinator, Amo Noiler, Ms. Bunmi Oluwalasinu, believes the programme would help eradicate poverty and malnutrition in the country, especially in the rural areas.
She disclosed that the commercial NOILER chicks will be produced by the company owned hatcheries in different parts of the country and supply the day old chicks to Mother Units across the country.
Wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, explained that the milestone provides another opportunity to re-emphasise the need to dismantle the barrier, which prevents women from realising their potentials and contribute fully to the economic and socio political life of their communities.
“With our partnership with Amo group, I believe female presence will be recognised and our women given more important roles because a society desirous of development cannot afford to treat them with less significance, the issues and voices of half of its population.