Professional chicken breeders who are interested in ensuring the success of the Dangote Foundation Malnutrition Project in the country are already asking how they could make their locally bred produce available for the benefit of malnourished children in Nigerian.
Reacting to the news of the planned investment of N100m by Africa’s richest businessman, Aliko Dangote, Nigeria’s first Professor of Animal Breeding,Genetics & Biotechnology, Professor Funmi Adebambo MNSAP, RAS,FASAN of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta told Healthstyleplus, Food and Beverages, that the investment by Dangote is coming at the right time.
According to Adebambo, the indigenous chicken breeders need all the support to rear the varieties of cross-breeds to market weight and for processing.
In her letter to Healthstyleplus, Food and Beverages, Professor Adebambo wrote: the importation of cheap less-nutritious Indian breeds, Kuroiler, has been hindering the success of the local Noiler breed “which we know is a modification of Kuroiler from India”.
Below is the mail from Professor Adebambo:
Hello Dear Yinka,
I just read about the Dangote’s malnutrition project on your site.The question is how can someone like us indigenous breeders benefit from this. As the first indigenous chicken breeders for Nigeria, we already developed at least 4 lines of chicken breeds from the local ones that had been tested across the country and have been found highly acceptable for their ruggedness, low mortality, high egg production and fast growth rate as broilers for meat and dual-purpose pullets for meat and eggs.
Professor of Animal Breeding,Genetics & Biotechnology
Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics
University of Agriculture.