Anambra poultry farm targets 5m birds
Awka- Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has commissioned the phase one of an integrated poultry farm expected to launch the state into producing five million poultry birds annually.
The farm, located at Igbariam in Anambra East local government area, is a joint venture between the state and a private investor, the Lynden Integrated Farms. The state government provided land as its counterpart contribution, while the investor provided the funds required for the project.
The farm, lying on 75 hectare piece of land, has capacity to produce two million birds per annum and it is expected to augment the three million birds currently produced in the state, thereby bringing the state’s total output to five million birds per annum.
The project, initiated by the state government, was part of the public -private partnership programme put together by the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), which has been coordinating all the investments in the state since the commencement of the Obiano administration.
Governor Obiano said the facility would produce high quality eggs and poultry meat to meet the state's food security needs and galvanize local poultry production in collaboration with out-growers across the 21 local government areas of the state.
According to him, the project would generate 350000 direct jobs and 150000 indirect jobs, expressing delight that with the Lynden Farms, his administration was set to surpass the poultry needs of the state within three years of his administration.
The governor stated that his government was already making plans to meet the maize requirement of the farm for the production of feeds by increasing the cultivation of maize across the state from 70,000 to 137,000 metric tonnes annually.
Chairman of ANSIPPA and traditional ruler of Umuoji, Igwe Cyril Enweze described Lynden Farms as the largest of the nine agricultural ventures so far attracted to Anambra State by the Obiano administration, which on completion, would be the most automated and largest in the South East region.
Igwe Enweze praised the synergy between the private sector and the state government, tracing the success story of ANSIPPA to transparency of process in the implementation of the vision of the government.