While many are yet to get over the idea that Government empowered Imo youths with rabbits about a week ago, the Federal Government has now announced that the big idea is to engage 17,000 youths across the country in rabbit farming.
The Executive Secretary of National Agricultural Land Development Authority, Paul Ikonne made the announcement that the programme had already commenced in some states which include Imo, Abia, Cross River and Oyo states.
Ikonne disclosed that the agency would provide the rabbits, cage, vaccine and training for participants free of charge, and further added that the first set of beneficiaries would be required to bring back the kitten from the rabbits they train so as to be used in the empowerment of other youths.
“The President had inaugurated the national young farmers’ scheme, and we intend to take in 774,000 young Nigerians into the entire agribusiness. This programme has started implementing the first leg, which is our animal husbandry.
“In this segment, we are doing goat and rabbit rearing. A lot of people do not know the potentials, the benefits and the money they can make from rearing rabbits. Rabbit has an entire value chain, nothing is a waste farming rabbit.
“So we are engaging our youths into rabbit farming, NALDA has designed a programme to take in 17,000 rabbit farmers especially in the South, and we have commenced the engagement in some states.”