By Naomi Uzor
THE African Chicken Genetics Gains (ACGG) has said it intends to transform smallholder chicken production into commercially viable enterprise with active private sector engagement that empowers rural women.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Funso Sonaiya, principal investigator of ACGG, disclosed that the project, which was a product of science and innovation, had produced six genetics. He said the project will lead to increased income and nutrition of families through delivery of more productive locally adaptable chicken, production inputs and services to rural communities.
“So we think these are important developments that small-holder farmers should take advantage of. But we also want to be sure that live banks are available, so we are working to ensure that breeders and farmers would be able to continue to produce these breeds and make available and also improve them,” Sonaiya said.
He explained that the institution would be testing the genetics to find out how strong they were under the small holder conditions. Illiya Duniya, an engineer and marketing system director, Propcom Maikarfi, said what farmers needed to do was to start small and then grow from medium to big.