NIGERIA – Amo Farms Sieberer Hatchery Limited has provided insights into why several state governments in Nigeria are incorporating the Noiler birds into their empowerment schemes for rural women venturing into poultry farming.

The hatchery firm cited the benefits of improved livelihood, increased protein intake to combat child stunting, malnutrition, and other health challenges as key reasons for this strategic move.

The initiative, designed to elevate the income and living standards of rural women, is also aligned with the goal of enhancing food security in the country.

The Noiler chicken, developed by Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Ltd, is recognized as a valuable source of nutritional protein crucial for human growth.

States such as Edo, Bauchi, and Lagos have already embraced the Noiler Bird initiative, with others expressing interest in joining the empowerment campaign.

The Noiler, characterized as a low-cost rearing bird and a dual-purpose breed, offers advantages such as increased resistance to field diseases, four times more eggs, and three times more meat production compared to native chickens.

The recent partnership between the Bauchi State Government and a non-governmental organization (NGO) exemplified the success of the Noiler initiative.

In this collaboration, 300 women were empowered with 20 pieces of five-week-old Noiler chicks to enhance their poultry enterprises.

Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, the Group Managing Director of Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Limited, highlighted the distinctiveness of the Noiler breed, its resistance to diseases, and its significant yield in terms of meat and eggs.

The company, producing over a million chicks weekly, aims to increase production by over 30% on a year-on-year basis.

During a visit by the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, to the hatchery, Dr. Oduntan expressed satisfaction with the governor’s interest and outlined the potential collaboration between the company and the state.

The investment in Noiler birds aligned with the company’s vision to create a world-class business that meets the growing demand for nutritious animal protein.

The company’s commitment to rural empowerment is evident through the distribution of Noiler birds to over 1.3 million rural households, with a particular focus on women.

The Noiler initiative stands as a transformative force, addressing economic, nutritional, and agricultural needs within local communities.

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