Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery (AFSH) has inaugurated the Noiler Bird Initiative to empower 5,000 rural women and youths with 10 million birds, thereby curbing poverty and malnutrition in rural communities. This was made known at the formal presentation of the Noiler Bird Initiative in Lagos.
The Group Managing Director, AFSH, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, said the initiative aimed at ensuring that about 90,000 children who according to UNICEF could die of acute malnutrition are saved.
Oduntan said the company’s objective is to enhance the income opportunities of rural women, while providing quality source of protein for them and their children.
The Noiler Bird Initiative comprises the mother unit for business purpose and Small Holders Farmers (SHF) for family nutrition and income.
He said it was a meagre amount compared to the recommended daily protein intake requirement of 20 gram per person a day.
Oduntan said through years of research from 2003, AFSH began looking into the production of a Dual-Purpose bird with very low maintenance, which could sustain the people and tackle the challenges they faced.
According to him, some of the eggs can also be consumed by children of the beneficiaries for protein.
Oduntan explained that the birds have less fat and higher meat yield compared to native birds.
The Chief Operating Officer, AFSH, Dr. Anand Burra, said the initiative would help eradicate poverty and malnutrition in the country, especially in the rural areas.
According to him, while the male matures to table weight of between 2.0 to 2.5 kg at 14 weeks, the native chicken takes 10 months to gain 1.5kg body weight.
Mrs Felicia Nwadiaro, a beneficiary from Rivers State, said the Noiler birds were most reliable as they have very strong resistance to diseases.
Nwadiaro said the Noiler bird could adapt to any condition just like local birds.
According to her, the initiative had taken care of local challenges and gone far into the creeks in Rivers state that was predominantly a fish area.
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