… Agriculture Minister
The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth yesterday was full of praise as regard the poultry industry in the country particularly with improvement works at the Obasanjo Farms Liberia Incorporated.
The improvement work at the farm is geared towards self-sufficiency in poultry production in the country as being disclosed by the agriculture minister.
Speaking during a visit to the farm Sunday, Minister Chenoweth lauded the managerial team of Obasanjo Farm Liberia Incorporated for the production of fresh eggs on the Liberian market.
She said the production of eggs and chicken meat to the market suggests that the country will soon be self-sufficient in poultry product.
“As you can see, President Sirleaf through her good friend President Olusegun Obasanjo decided to invest in the country by opening a poultry farm that will produce chicken meat and fresh eggs for the Liberian people and so our President (Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf) made land available for the farm; and today we are here once more so see for ourselves the work they have been doing,” she indicated.
Madam Chenoweth said the inauguration of the Obasanjo Farm was a boost to the country’s poultry industry and that of Sierra Leone, and Guinea which receive supply in eggs and chicken meat from Liberia as well.
Also speaking, Obasanjo Farm Liberia Incorporated General Manager Jamiu Adeyemo explained that eggs for the poultry are bought from the Hy-line International United Kingdom African distribution center and the breed name of the chicks is the Hy-line Brown.
Manager Adeyemo said the eggs brought into the country take 21 days to hatch and when that is done, the veterinary separates the crocket from the chicks.
He said the farm is currently producing 7,000 eggs on a daily basis from pullet at its poultry site for the market and plans are underway for production to increase to 25,000 daily.
He added that fresh eggs for the Liberian market are being produced by the Ba Layer pullet.
Mr. Adeyemo further said 85 percent of the eggs are consumed by Liberians and the remaining fifteen percent is exported to Sierra Leone and Guinea, and noted that the demand for brown eggs is high within three Mano River Countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.