The Obasanjo Farm in Liberia will this Saturday launch a Bold Private Sector initiative that commissions a hatchery and launching a program, “The Revitalization of the Poultry Farms of Liberia”.
According to a release issued in Monrovia, the program will revitalize an industry that has been in shambles since the war, with only one or two farms producing eggs and a handful of farmers producing broilers.
According to the Consultant for Obasanjo Farms also on May 10, a new hatchery producing 10,000 1ay-old-chicks per week will be commissioned; feeding-mill will be expanded over the next weeks and a processing plant be established.
Meanwhile, several Liberian farmers will therefore have all their means of production; day-old-chicks, feed, medicines and a market hungry for fresh eggs and fresh chickens, while over the last years it has been subjected to old imported eggs and tasteless imported frozen chicken parts.
But according to some of the farmers, to get Liberian farmers back into the business is truly a laudable private sector initiative, when Liberia presently imports eggs with a retail value of $6.5 million and chicken parts of retail value over $30 million.
Even though, the big question of how this initiative can truly make Liberia self-sufficient once more remains, others are hoping that the initiative is a rewarding one.
Initially, the hatchery will focus on producing layers because of the 20-week period before chickens begin to lay eggs.
It is said that after 14 weeks, the production of broilers will begin to supply chickens for the Processing Plant, while Obasanjo Farm will also depend heavily on Liberian poultry farmers, a scheme for “contract farming where local farmers will be given day-old-chicks, feed and vaccines to raise chickens in their faculties to the required weight and the Obasanjo Farm will pay the farmer an agreed amount for the service under consideration.
Meanwhile, rural farmers from Grand Kru, Sinoe, Margibi, Nimba, Bong and Lofa have already voiced their appreciation for now, when their farmers will be able to supply the local population with fresh eggs and chickens.
However, according to the consultant, one of the major beneficiaries will be farmers growing corn, and Obasanjo Farm will buy all of the corn that they can grow and the feed-mill needs about 8,000-10,000 tones of corn annually.