The Executive Secretary National Agricultural land development Authority, NALDA Prince Paul Ikonne has unveiled a Rabbit Waste Organic Fertilizer harvested from rabbits in four pilot states in the country.
At the event in Owerri, Prince Ikonne urged Youths in the country to take advantage of the numerous agricultural value chain programmes of the federal government to improve their living conditions
The federal government in its efforts to engage more youths in the agricultural value chain launched rabbit farming in November last year with Imo, Abia, Cross River and Oyo as pilot states for the programme.
Rabbits were subsequently distributed to those who indicated interest in the project to among other things harvest urine from these animal which has been found to be a rich source of organic fertilizer to rice and maize farming.
The Executive Secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA Prince Paul Ikonne described agro-business as a lucrative venture that requires patience noting that the organic fertilizer would be distributed to farmers alongside spraying machines to increase their yield.
The Imo State Executive Coordinator NALDA Mr. Amanze Ofor stated that about one hundred and eight youths are currently participating in the programme in the state noting that the beneficiaries get paid immediately they turn in urine harvested from the rabbits.
Some of the beneficiaries who expressed joy over earning their first income in the business through what would have been described as waste however lamented challenges in accessing food and drugs for the rabbits.