EDP, CHARLES OGUNMOLA AND HILDA JOSEF
BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, FRCN PORT HARCOURT
Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC is to leverage on Goat multiplication project of the United Nations to create job opportunities and empower youths of Niger Delta region.
The Executive Director Projects, Mr. Charles Ogunmola who made this known at NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt Rivers State, during a presentation by the programme Facilitators, acknowledged that modern methods of animal husbandry would be a great boost to dairy and leather industries in the country.
EDP, CHARLES OGUNMOLA
There are over three hundred breeds of goat around the world, but the most common within Niger Delta Region is the West Africa dwarf.
To be able to enjoy greater economic benefits of the specie for commercial purposes according to United Nations Goat Multiplication Project, being facilitated by KASHA International Agricultural Development Organisation, KIADO, there is need for artificial insemination with breeds of higher yields and shorter gestation period.
Mr. Ogunmola, reiterated the determination of the interventionist agency to venture into various commercial enterprises which would create employment opportunities for the people of Niger Delta region.
The executive Director Project who believed that the the goat multiplication project via artificial insemination was in line with the agricultural programmes of current NDDC managemen, maintained that the commission would key into the opportunity to create jobs and improve the economic well-being of the people.
In her presentation, the Country Director, KASHA International Agricultural Development Organization, KIADO, Ms Hilda Josef who stressed the importance of artificial insemination for goat multiplication, explained that apart from availability of mutton, there will be production of yoghurt, cheese, leather and milk.
While insisting that Niger Delta region has conducive environment for goat multiplication with availability of water, green grass and clement weather, Ms. Josef stated that the organization was ready to partner NDDC to build capacity among the youths.
On his part, the Director Agriculture and Fisheries NDDC, Mr. Seigha Glasgow described the idea as modern scientific method in livestock farming which the commission would exploit for economic development of the region.