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Poultry association hails govt’s N10bn National Egg Production scheme

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Lagos State Chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, PANLAG, on Tuesday hailed the Federal Government’s N10 billion National Egg Production, NEGPRO scheme, which was inaugurated in January.

Godwin Egbebe, chairman, PANLAG, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, said the association was ready to work with the government on poultry-designed interventions.

Mr Egbebe said the inauguration of NEGPRO was apt for the sub-sector, especially in developing the value chains under egg production, that would ensure sustenance in the poultry business.

“We are looking at working with government through interventions, as we have for rice.

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“We are also looking for government’s interventions for poultry, eggs, chicken, feeds, drugs and other poultry products.

“That is why we are happy with the NEGPRO scheme, because we see prospects in it.

“Farmers were given N4.2 million each directly, and we expect that the programme will trickle into Lagos,’’ he said.

NAN reports that on January 11, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria to provide N10 billion for the implementation of NEGPRO.

The ministry was reported to have signed an MoU with Tuns Farms Ltd in 2016, to develop NEGPRO and subsequently inaugurated a Technical Committee to work with TUNS Farms on the scheme.

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NAN also reports that the scheme was introduced in the six geo-political zones, based on their comparative advantage and readiness to key into the scheme.

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