250 displaced Borno women empowered to start own poultry


250 displaced Borno women empowered to start own poultry 
Abdulkareem Haruna 

Governor Shettima presenting Cage of birds to beneficiaries 

 
About 250 displaced women in Borno state were on Monday presented with a lifeline package comprising of 15 special breed chicken, a 25kg bag of feed and N10,000 token to start their own small-scale poultry business. 

The package which came as donation from NatnundO Foods Limited in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Runal Development, was presented at a brief ceremony held in Government House Maiduguri. 

Management of natnundO Farms, a popular producers of chickens and eggs in the country, said it was donating 5,000 of its specially bred chickens and 2, 500 crates of eggs as well as 25kg of assorted feeds and a sachet of Multivitamin supplement as parts of company's modest contrition in the nation's quest for food security. 

Presenting the items, the chief executive of natnundO Foods, Ayoola Oduntan said the gesture was a goodwill support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development  and Borno state government's effort to save the people in the region from untimely death resulting from deficiency of protein in their daily food consumption. 

He said the presented items are also meant to help create sources of income to the women in the rural areas. 

Each of the 250 women beneficiaries are to get 15 (4 weeks old chickens), a bag of 25kg assorted feed produced by the company, a sachet of vitamin supplement and N10, 000 cash provided by the Borno state government. 

The birds are specially bred to adapt and survive in the local Nigerian environment like any other local breeds. 

The minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, commended natnundO Farms for the gesture even as he implored the beneficiaries to make the most out of the opportunity given to them fight poverty. 

The minister said natnundO Farms have invested in years of purposeful research to produce the birds whose egg yield is four-times more than the local birds. 

The minister added that a number of officials from the ministry have been deployed to partner with the natnundO Farms in providing farm management and entrepreneurial training to the beneficiaries. 

Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Inna Galadima, said the 250 women are selected from various local government areas, and would be closely monitored to ensure that they do not divert the birds and other items given to them for other non-profitable use. 

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima thanked natnundO Farms for bringing such succour to his people who are in dire need of help. 

He said women empowerment has been one of the key objectives of his administration and the provision of such gesture meant a lot to him. 

The governor directed that the N10, 000 cash donation be given to each beneficiary at once so that they would not be tempted to sell off the birds or 25kg given to them. 

Since Boko Haram insurgency worsen, over five years ago, more than 4.7 persons, mostly women and children were displaced in the northeast region; and larger number of them are from Borno state. 

PHOTO: Borno Governor, Mr. Shettima presenting a cage of birds and eggs to one of the 250 Women Poultry farmers

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