Nigerian Government Helps Pig Farmers in Ogun10 October 2013
NIGERIA - The Federal Government will be giving subsidised inputs to about 900 pig farmers in Ogun State, the state Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Olumuyiwa Akinsola, said in Abeokuta.
Mr Akinsola said the assistance to the Ogun farmers was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to improve food security in the country.
He spoke during the roll-out of the Growth Enhancement Packages for registered pig farmers in Ogun State.
He explained that the pig farmers under the package would only pay half of the N15,000 total cost of the inputs provided them by the Federal Government, including feed fatteners and disinfectant.
He said, "As one of the programmes of this administration, the Growth Enhancement Support for the Farmers is a way of bringing up the small farmers and to get something from what they are doing. The pig roll-out is a special one for the pig farmers.
"We found out that our pig farmers cannot be pushed out of this population of states that have good pig farmers and that’s why Ogun is one of the states where we are going to roll out pig Growth Enhancement Support for this year.
"This year, about 900 pig farmers from Ogun State are going to be reached under our programme."
On the problem of swine fever ravaging most pig pens, the state director of agriculture said the disease had remained resistant in spite of past efforts by the Federal and state governments to tackle it.
The Ogun State Chairman of the All Farmers Association, Segun Dasaolu, commended the Federal Government for embarking on the programme for pig farmers in the state.
Dasaolu appealed to the state government to further collaborate with the Federal Government in the provision of more inputs to farmers in the state.
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