ABUJA-National Agricultural Land Development Authority(NALDA) on Wednesday announced that it has begun the recruitment of 17,000 youths who would be empowered to engage in rabbits rearing.
Prince Paul Ikonne, Executive Secretary of NALDA, who revealed this in Abuja at a media parley, said already the Authority had started the pilot programme in four States of Abia, Imo, Cross River and Oyo.
Ikonne explained that the programme was targeted at the youths in a bid to reduce unemployment, create jobs and generate wealth.
It would be recalled that the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, which is under the Presidency, is saddled with the mandate of harnessing the full potentials of the vast arable lands in Nigeria, empowering small holder and large scale farmers, supporting the drive for food and fibre security while assisting in diversifying the nation’s economy, improving household incomes and enhancing revenue mobilisation and generation nationwide.
Commenting on the benefits of rabbits rearing, Ikonne explained that it is cost-effective to rear rabbits, as the business requires small space and resources to start.
He noted that the beneficiaries of the programme would start to earn money beginning from the first day they started to rear rabbits as the urine of the animals is sold and used for fertiliser production.
He also pointed out that rabbit meat is one of the best meats, as it contains low cholesterol.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA further disclosed that the Federal Government had released funds for the programme in the selected 18 pilot states in the country, while urging the youth to apply via the website of the organisation or pay visit to the offices of NALDA across the States of the Federation.
He also underscored the need for training of the beneficiaries, adding that training must be done first before rabbits are given to the beneficiaries.
Apart from rabbits rearing, NALDA also provides goats for youths who want to go into goat rearing as part of the development of animal husbandry in the country.