Chi Farms, USAID Collaborate To Empower Smallholder Farmers In Fish Farming
…To Contribute Over 4,000 Metric Tonnes Of Catfish To Local Markets In Nigeria Yearly
Chi Farms Limited and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are partnering to contribute to food security and also empower smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
By growing the Nigerian aquaculture industry, the project will make a significant difference in food security in Nigeria.
As part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, Chi Farms will engage small holder farmers to become successful catfish farmers.
Chi Farms will ensure supply of quality feed and quality catfish juveniles to the farmers by enhancing its feed milling and hatching capacities.
Speaking on the development, Executive Director, Chi Farms Limited, , Martin Middernacht, said, “This development will add positively to the overall food security in Nigeria. We are delighted that USAID has decided to support the proposed initiative of Chi Farms. At the same time, it is at the core of what we do at Chi Farms: We are convinced that working with out-growers is a step in the right direction towards sustainable economic development.”
On his part, an official of USAID, Mr Roland Oroh, who spoke on the partnership, said, “We are very happy to work towards food security in Nigeria with our trusted partner Chi Farms.”
Recalled that USAID previously partnered with Chi Pharma, a sister company to Chi Farms, to roll out insecticide-treated nets in Nigeria.
Under the partnership, not only fish farmers but also over 6,000 soy and maize farmers will be trained to meet the quality standards of Chi Farms and they will be closely integrated in the supply chain of the fish feed mill.
The project will contribute to food security in Nigeria by adding over 4,000 metric tonnes of catfish to local markets in Nigeria every year.
The positive impact on smallholder farmers across the maize, soybean and aquaculture sectors will create a consequent impact across all the geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
Chi Farms Limited is a leading company in the poultry, cattle, catfish, feed milling and food processing business in Nigeria.
Chi Farms Limited is part of TGI Group, the holding and investing company of Chi Ltd., WACOT Ltd., Cormart Ltd. and others.
Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
USAID is an independent U.S Government agency with the goal of promoting economic growth and advancement in agriculture and food security, development and humanitarian support around the world.
USAID operates in 100 developing countries across the globe in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin American, the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia and it provides aid through partnerships with companies and other organisations in the country of choice.