Youths in the Ogun State Broiler project have sold 54,000 broiler birds in an off-taking arrangement.
The youth, numbering 54, were the beneficiaries of the project that was inaugurated in December 2019.
The sale was officially consummated on Monday during the off-taking of the second cycle of 54,000 chickens at Odeda Farm Institute, Odeda, Ogun State.
Speaking at the event, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, explained that the project was set up to create jobs and empower youths.
The commissioner added that in the first cycle of the project, the 54 pilot youths who reared 1,000 broilers each, with a mortality rate of less than three per cent and an average weight of 1.9kg, made an average profit of N140,000 within six weeks (42 days) of production.
This project has also spurred the poultry value chain in the state,” he said.
He explained further that the project delivered 110 tonnes of poultry meat to the off-taker in the first cycle, thereby reducing the importation of poultry products and also placing the state at the vanguard of poultry meat production in Nigeria.