I am Ahamefula Uchenna Onyekach, 21, from Aba Abia state in Nigeria, a graduate of microbiology from Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike.
My project involves the production of eggs and chicken meat, and which has been kicked off with little money. It involves buying day-old pullets and broilers and taking care of the birds for six months and three months respectively for each bird.
The broilers after three months are sold, while the pullets are reared for six months before they begin production of eggs, which takes place for a year and two months before they are disposed.
An estimated 500 birds would lay a minimum of 15 crates of egg in a day, which is 30 eggs per crate. With a population of over twenty million, Nigerians are still lacking in the provision of an egg a day to Nigerians. I believe with more funds we would be able to meet the demand.
The project would have a lot of socioeconomic impacts because it would provide employment opportunities for people from my farm and distributors to people who would open abattoirs, and it would also bring people close.
My motivation is the desire for me to grow my farm to a standard which would venture into other sectors of the agriculture and make food, so that people can see agriculture as a gold mine, thereby making people venture into agriculture to produce food.
The gains for me are that I would be self employed and happy to see more people venture into agriculture for my community creation of employment opportunity and make poultry products affordable.
Funding is an integral aspect of my project. Once more money is put in more birds would be purchased immediately, after which would come medication and remodelling of the poultry house to ensure the birds’ good health. Good productivity would also come and good feed for the birds for good weight and quality eggs.
I have been able, with the help of my parents, kick off my farm with 500 birds, beginning in 2014. Today, we have up to 1,000 birds, which are currently in full laying capacity, and I believe with more funding we would grow more to meet demand and create employment opportunity for people.
The actual measurable factor for my project is the health the birds, which determines your progress, that is why you have to know your birds. Another is the financial factor, because more funds means more birds for production of eggs and chicken meat.
The budget for my project when funds are received is as follows (using the current exchange rate)
- Purchase of 700 birds, USD 580
- Purchase of accessories (feeders and drinkers of different sizes, heater), and equipment, USD 1,100
- Brooding of birds and feeding for two months, USD 300
- Feeding of birds for the remaining four months estimated at, USD 2,000
- Miscellaneous expenses, USD 1,020.
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