Presidential rural poultry ready for distribution

By Peter Chivhima

The first batch of poultry that will be distributed under the Presidential Rural Poultry Scheme is ready for distribution ahead of the launch of the programme in Masvingo this month.

Three million households are set to benefit from scheme as the Second Republic walks the talk in the inclusive development agenda.

A visit to Spitzkop Farm in Harare was an eye opener in terms of the scope of the project with different indigenous chick breeds at various stages of growth.

A beneficiary, Mr Aaron Shamu applauded President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the empowerment initiative.

“We want to thank the President for giving us farmers the opportunity to venture into such business. As farmers we are ready to support the initiative and at the same time I want to encourage farmers who are going to benefit from the initiative to take this program seriously,” he said.

Chief Director for Agricultural Advisory and Rural Development Services in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Professor Obert Jiri explained the objective of the project.

“The idea is to empower the rural households so that they can sustain themselves. The programme is also meant to restock poultry and improve nutrition at household level and increase income at household level. It also dovetails with the President’s vision of becoming an upper middle-income society by 2030.”

The Presidential Rural Poultry scheme which will be introduced in batches is expected to benefit more than three million households to improve food security and nutrition.