The Federal Government on Wednesday announced the graduation of its programme on rabbit farming that would engage 17,000 youths across the country.
It made the announcement via its National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), noting that the programme had already commenced in some states, as it would engage greater members in the southern phase of Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary, NALDA, Paul Ikonne, informed journalists in Abuja that the organization would grant the rabbits, cage, vaccine and coaching for contributors free of charge.
He stated that the first set of beneficiaries would be required to bring back the kitten from the rabbits they rear so as to be used in the empowerment of other youths.
Ikonne said, “The President had inaugurated the countrywide younger farmers’ scheme, and we intend to take in 774,000 younger Nigerians into the entire agribusiness. This programme has started implementing the first leg, which is our animal husbandry.
“In this segment, we are doing goat and rabbit rearing. A lot of people do not know the potentials, the benefits and the money they can make from rearing rabbits. Rabbit has an entire value chain, nothing is a waste farming rabbit.”
He added, “So we are engaging our youths into rabbit farming, NALDA has designed a programme to take in 17,000 rabbit farmers especially in the South, and we have commenced the engagement in some states.”
Ikonne said the first phase of the programme had commenced in Imo, Abia, Cross River and Oyo states, as selected youths in the states had received rabbits and had commenced farming.