GWAGWALADA – The Federal Government on Wednesday inaugurated the sheep and goats value chain scheme to boost commercial animal farming in the FCT.
The Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, said the scheme would ensure self-sufficiency in animal protein.
Odutose said the programme was in line with government’s Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) for increased quality animal production among farmers.
“It is expected that improved ram and bucks will be given to farmer cooperatives for upgrading and improving the genetic base and productivity of the animals.
“The Federal Government is determined and fully committed to ensuring self-sufficiency in food production and animal protein through sheep and goats value chain.
“Government is also determined through this programme to introduce the farmers to the necessary animal health care for improved productivity and production of small ruminants,’’ she said.
Odusote said that under the scheme, four bags of commercial ruminant finishing feeds would be given to each of the 180 farmers who benefitted from the scheme in the FCT.
She was represented by Mrs Rabi Adamu, Director, Department of Planning and Partnership Coordination, Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
Mr Ibrahim Hassan, one of the beneficiaries commended government for reaching out to the farmers.
Hassan said that he would make the best use of the gesture to produce quality animals. (NAN)