Selected pupils receiving 15 day-old cockerels in school.
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One typical African phenomenon is an aging farmer’s population. But not in Nigeria, where Young Chicken Farmers’ Clubs are being set up to revitalise the interest of young people in poultry keeping.

For a long time, agriculture was the backbone of Nigeria’s economy. Around 1958, the discovery of crude oil brought about the gradual decrease of agricultural entrepreneurship. Consequently, the oil business became a new bride to the Nigerian populace, including the youth. Nowadays, crude oil accounts for about 95 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange receipts. But recently, because the price of crude oil has been falling steadily on the international market, there has been an economic meltdown. Hence the reality of a possible crippling budget shortfall is evident. The cries from the past and present government administration for economy diversification in order to relieve the oil sector from its overbearing role cannot be overemphasised.

The current traditional farming system

Nigeria’s traditional livestock farming is characterised by an aging population of farmers that do not have enough agricultural inputs and revenues to support their farming livelihood. Moreover, little output, a lacking marketing system, and poor linkage and supporting systems have brought about low returns on investment for rural farm families.

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