CHINA - A Chinese firm in southwest Nigeria's Ogun State has set up an integrated poultry farm, which China's Xinhua national news agency said was to focus on enhancing Nigeria's food security.
Mark Chen, General Manager for Eco-Green Farm, made this known in an interview with Xinhua in Ijebu-Ife, about 130 km from Lagos, the country's economic hub on Monday.
Established in 2011, the farm situated a rural area of Ogun State recognized poultry's potential to create jobs and economic opportunities in Nigeria, Mr Chen told Xinhua, noting that the Nigerian poultry industry still faces challenges as it continues its growth.
"Recently this year, the Nigerian government encourages investment in agriculture, but in the past, probably the focus more on oil industry and neglects this part, but now they want to bring it up again," he said.
Mr Chen told Xinhua that the company plans to increase its bird population from 60,000 to 250,000 by 2017 and introduce cassava farming soon.
"In this year, we are going to extend our farm, currently our bird population is 60,000. But this year we are going to have additional 80,000 and next year we add another 80,000. So all together, we expect our bird population to increase to 220,000 to 250,000 birds," he said.
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