To meet the food demand of Nigeria and make sources of cheaper and healthier protein available while tackling malnutrition, a produce processing and exporting firm, Agricorp International, unfolded plans to produce 40 million birds by 2025.
According to a 2019 report by the Central Bank of Nigeria, it was estimated that over 1.2 million metric tonnes of poultry meat were smuggled into Nigeria from the Benin Republic.
This opens a huge gap in the poultry market and Agricorp said it is ready to contribute its quota to the efforts to close the gap.
This was as the firm disclosed it was investing N4 billion into acquiring strategic poultry production facilities across three states in the country. The move would help to deepen livestock production, processing and eventual export while providing employment and reducing the poultry meat deficit in Nigeria.
Since its launch in 2018, Agricorp has specialized in the production and processing of spices through which it has empowered over 5000 smallholder farmers and helped increase their income by about 20 per cent while providing them with better market access.
The firm called on Nigerian youths to join the agricultural value chain, saying it was ready to provide them with the requisite skills and capacity through its ‘Project Eclipse 2025,’ a poultry development programme. Guardian