Mrs Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, the State Project Coordinator, Lagos State Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS), a World Bank-assisted project, says adoption of new technologies will enhance broiler production.
Sagoe-Oviebo said this during a Field visit to Creative Farm Solution Limited, six weeks after a demonstration on Nipple Fitted Drinkers and Pelletized Feeds in Deep Litter System for Broiler farmers at the farm.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Creative Farms Solutions Limited, located in Gberigbe, Ikorodu, Lagos, was the pilot site for the demonstration held on Oct. 8.
Sagoe-Oviebo, during the visit, also applauded the Federal Government policy on land border closure, said that it had exposed the opportunities embedded within poultry sub-sector in the country.
“On Oct. 8, we had a demonstration on nipple fitted drinkers and pelletized feeds for broilers.
”We carried out this demonstration on a farmer’s farm so that others can see that it is not theory but something that is doable; if he does it, then, others can replicate it.
“The project is looking at how we will be able to support you in replicating this new technology, and we will still do needs assessment for our farmers on how the project can support them.
”Beyond that, we expect that in the next few months, we will have lots of locally produced poultry products on the table of Nigerians, as we encourage our own,” she said.
Sagoe-Oviebo said that the core responsibility of the project was to improve the production and productivity of small and medium scale farmers in poultry aquaculture and rice.
She said that the field visit was organised to enable them see the result of the demonstration they did six weeks ago.
According to her, the border closure and its impact in the lives of farmers spurred the project to look at how to enhance the production of broilers.
She said that the farmers must be able to sustain themselves in terms of production.
Sagoe-Oviebo said she believed that using the new technologies would increase growth, reduce mortality and enhance take-home of farmers, in terms of income.
She urged farm representatives at the field-day to go back to their various groups and associations to step-down what had been taught and the results got from the demonstration to members of their groups.
Mr Toyin Akin-Johnson, the Chief Executive Officer of the pilot farm, said that he had been impressed with the level of commitment so far from project officials.
Akin-Johnson said that adoption of the technologies in broiler production would ease the struggles of farmers and improve returns on investment.
“Creative Farm Solution is happy to be part of the project.
”We saw an impressive result using these nipple fitted drinkers and the pelletized feeds after six weeks.
“I want to applaud the Lagos State government and the APPEALS for this laudable innovation exposed to farmers to ease their job and improve their income,’’ he said.
Mr Olusola Johnson, the Facilitator of Poultry, APPEALS project, said that 50 Day-Old-Chicks weighing 44.6g each were stocked on Oct. 8 and at six weeks old each bird weighed 1.7kg after de-feathering and dressing.
He said that an average cost incurred on each bird during the six weeks was N1,131.34.
Dr Adeyinka Ayedun, one of the facilitators and staff of the farm, said that over 90 per cent of the stock survived because biosafety and other modern technologies were taken seriously.
Mr Kayode Oginni, the Head of Livestock, Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority (LSADA),encouraged farmers to key into the innovation and seize the opportunity of the border closure to improve production.
A broiler producer who had adopted the innovation, Mr Abdulgafar Oshikoya of Mujaz Integrated Farms, said that after the demonstration on Oct. 8, he installed the nipple drinkers.
“I must say it has been very interesting because it is easy and cost effective, I do not worry much about the water for the chicks, I have even reduced manpower and others,’’ Oshikoya said.
NAN reports that poultry farmers from across the state were present at the event.
Edited by Chidinma Agu/Oluwole Sogunle