The future of Nigeria lies in developing enterprises in the form. Growing the agricultural sector can rapidly increase industrialisation that can simultaneously create jobs and wealth.
A report released recently by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) indicated that countries which paid intense attention to farmers and food production in the past ten years have achieved successful development in African history. Countries that made the biggest investments in agriculture were rewarded with sizeable jumps in both farm productivity and overall economic performance.
Animal farming consultant, Prince Arinze Onnebune has advised that for one to enjoy the act of breeding, marketing of exotic animals for returns on investment adequate training is required. According to him, our number one priority is the well-being of the animals and where they go. “So, we want to ensure that you are able to meet the needs of your exotic because not every animal is suitable for “pet” and every home is not suitable for an exotic. Many of our offspring reside in zoos, countless educational programmes, amusement parks, game reserves, school classrooms, research institutions, laboratories, etc.
“This business of raising and selling rare or unusual animals is where profits are much bigger than normal. Antelopes, Ostrich, Hippopotamus, Hyenas, Gazelles, Bushbucks, Monkeys, Hybrid rabbits, Cats, Parrots, Gorillas, Tortoise, Spiders, Eagles, Peafowl, Squirrel, Python, Lion, Owl, Tigers, Chimpanzees, Cheetah, Porcupines, Crocodiles, Bush pigs, Impalas, deers, Hawk, Kite, Buffalos, Elephants, turtles, Zebras, Laboratory mice, rats and guinea pigs are few of the possibilities in this large category”. Onnebune said, your preference, environment, facility and market around you would determine your type of animal breeding. You can go into this business as a hobby when you buy a pair of whatever animals you would like to raise.
The primary advantage of “exotic” over regular animals is income potential. Raising ordinary rabbits requires far less investment in breeding stock, facilities, care and time than expensive pedigreed rabbits, he said. However, when it’s time to market ordinary rabbits, they are worth N1, 500 to N2, 000 each. Pedigreed rabbits worth more than that, especially if they are from good ancestry.
“A litter of ordinary rabbits would represent about N1, 500, while pedigreed rabbits N9, 500. One of the steps to achieving results on animal to rare is to embark on training about the animal; study its habits, feed and shelter requirements, and also learn something about diseases or genetic problems that might affect your ability to properly care for them. Although there is good profit potential, expensive animals require more care and closer attention than ordinary farm stock or pets.