Chi Farms Limited, a leading company in the poultry, cattle, catfish, feed milling and food processing business in Nigeria and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have partnered to empower small holder farmers in Nigeria and boost food security.
Under the partnership, over 6,000 soy and maize farmers will be trained to meet the quality standards of Chi Farms. They will be closely integrated in the supply chain of the fish feed mill.
The project will contribute to food security in Nigeria by adding over 4,000 metric tonnes of catfish to local markets in the country every year.
As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative, Chi Farms will engage small holder farmers to become successful catfish farmers.
It would also assure supply of quality feed and quality catfish juveniles to the farmers by enhancing its feed milling and hatching capacities.
Executive Director, Chi Farms Ltd, Martin Middernacht, noted that the partnership would enhance food security in Nigeria.
He said: “This development will add positively to the overall food security in Nigeria. We are delighted that USAID has decided to support the proposed initiative of Chi Farms. At the same time, it is at the core of what we do at Chi Farms. We are convinced that working with out-growers is a step in the right direction towards sustainable economic development.”
Speaking on behalf of USAID, Mr Roland Oroh, said it was poised to support Nigeria by empowering local farmers.
“We are very happy to work towards food security in Nigeria with our trusted partner Chi Farms,” he added.