Nigeria unveils organic fertilizer made from Rabbit waste
London, Feb. 27, 2021 (AltAfrica)- Nigerian government has has unveiled a Rabbit Waste Organic Fertilizer harvested from rabbits in four pilot states in the country.
At the unveiling in Owerri, South East Nigeria, the Executive Secretary National Agricultural land development Authority, NALDA Prince Paul Ikonne whose piloted the project urged challenged Nigerian youths to take advantage of the numerous agricultural value chain programmes created by the government to improve their living conditions
In its efforts to engage more youths in the agricultural value chain, Nigerian government launched rabbit farming in November 2020 among many other agricultural programmes with Imo, Abia, Cross River and Oyo as pilot states for the programme. Another major agricultural programme is Anchor Borrowers’ Program (ABP)
Rabbits were subsequently distributed to those who indicated interest in the project to among other things harvest urine from these animal which has been found to be a rich source of organic fertilizer to rice and maize farming.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne described agro-business as a lucrative venture that requires patience promising to distribute the organic fertilizer alongside spraying machines to farmers across the country to increase their yield.
The Imo State Executive Coordinator NALDA Mr. Amanze Ofor stated that about one hundred and eight youths are currently participating in the programme in the state noting that the beneficiaries get paid immediately they turn in urine harvested from the rabbits.
Nigeria’s premier radio station, Radio Nigeria reports that some of the beneficiaries who expressed joy over earning their first income in the business through what would have been described as waste appealed for assistance in sourcing food and drugs for the rabbits.