The government of the State of Osun has announced plans to
empower 100 poultry farmers in the first phase of the programme to restart the Osun Broilers Outgrowers Production Scheme (O’BOPS) programme.
In a press statement by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, after the State Executive Council meeting on Monday, Osun government said each of the 100 farmers will get 2000 day-old chicks through the scheme.
Explaining the modalities further, the government added that: “There are already designated off-takers who will take the birds from the farmers after six weeks.
“The scheme, which is designed to empower poultry farmers, is part of Osun government’s decision and determination to gradually take our farmers beyond subsistence and small-scale farming, into real agribusiness.
“This programme will not be a one-off, but will be sustained for greater impact”, the statement read in part.
It added that it will be empowering 100 poultry farmers in the first phase of the programme
The government also announced that it had cleared and opened up a new farm settlement of about 1000 acres, adding that its allocation will be ready in two weeks.
It continued: “The state government has cleared 1000 acres of land, which will constitute a new farm settlement and the allocation will be ready in the next two weeks.
Also, the demonstration farm in Otagere, Ede, consisting of 3 hectares of farmland is ready, with 60,000 cocoa seedlings which will also be distributed to farmers.
“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is working to ensure that Osun has something to celebrate in agriculture and that our farmers begin to prosper by the sweat of their brows”, Egbemode added.