The government's plan to diversify the economy and create jobs for Nigeria's largely unemployed youths may be headed in the right direction.

There is a new initiative in town!

It is called the National Egg Production (NEGPRO) Scheme and the government says egg production, processing and marketing could create the jobs. 

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, announced the plan in Abuja at a meeting with the Technical Committee on National Egg Production. 

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Ogbeh expressed optimism that the country would be self-sufficient in egg production through the scheme, by which poultry value chain would be developed across the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory. 

The scheme would take off in Ondo State and subsequently spread to other states. 

“The ministry will work with the committee and with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we will achieve the goal of the scheme. 

“Unless we deal with the problem of food, Africa cannot survive,’’ the minister said. 

The Chairman of the committee, Toyin Taiwo, said the scheme would help diversify the economy and increase the contribution of agriculture to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. 

“The scheme is for the period of five years and at full operation nationwide, it is expected to provide about 50 million table eggs daily for local consumption, export, processing into egg powder for use in confectioneries and pharmaceuticals,’’ he said. 

Under the scheme, farmers would be given loans by the CBN to kick start egg production across Nigeria after the flag off of the programme in states, the Chairman of Tuns Farms Limited and National Anchor of the scheme, Mr Tunde Badmus, said.

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He listed the facilitators of the scheme to include Bank of Agriculture, the Poultry Association of Nigeria, the CBN and the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation. 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the scheme is part of a 2016 agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Tuns farms aimed at improving nutrition and egg production across Nigeria.

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