Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has flagged off a 15 billion Naira modern integrated poultry farm in a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between the state government and Lynden Integrated Farms at Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area.
This is part of the state government’s plan to position Anambra State as a center for poultry farming in Nigeria.
Flagging off the construction of the facility, the Governor said the purpose of the project was to develop, operate and manage a modern integrated poultry farm that would create both direct and indirect jobs for the youths and women, produce high quality poultry products and most importantly, position Anambra state to be one of the highest producers of poultry products in Nigeria.
Governor Obiano also announced the prospects of the project in the area of the quantum of poultry products to be produced and the associated job creation possibility.
For the Managing Director of the agency through which the state government attracts investment to the state, Joe-Billy Ekwunife, the project which is a Public-Private Partnership would be beneficial to all stakeholders, especially the host community in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Chairman of Lynden Group, Mr Clem Nwogbo, stated that the facility when completed would comprise rearing houses with over 200,000 birds, as well as produce high quality poultry products.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Afam Mbanefo, reiterated that the facility would help bridge the existing gap of 802 metric tons of poultry products in the state.
Presently, Anambra State has a total of 1,814 poultry farms with a population of two million birds and the consumption rate is placed at over 7,000.
The management of Lynden Farms assured the Governor that the construction of infrastructure would commence immediately while the layer farm would be commissioned by August 2016.