Africa’s biggest integrated poultry farm and animal feed mill constructed by Olam Grains Nigeria in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State has been inaugurated on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari. The company, constructed at 150 million Dollars, consists of feed mill, hatchery and breeder farm, Olam’s Business Head, Vinod Mishra, said. Governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i of Kaduna state on April 10, 2016 laid the foundation of the project.

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The leading agri-business operates in 70 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 23,000 customers worldwide. It is billed to process 180,000 tons of corn, 75,000 tons of soy bean, 360,000 tons of animal feed annually and 1.6m day old chicks weekly. It is also expected to employ about 600 workers directly and 400,000 workers indirectly.

Mishra said the company has a 50,000 tonnes of on-site storage and had outsourced similar storage volume, adding that the company was also engaged in the training of farmers to increase yields and profitability as well as provide employment.

“Training on farming practices would be offered to farmers in collaboration with Federal and the state governments to increase farm yields and crop profitability,” he said.

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Governor el-Rufa’i, while performing the ground-breaking ceremony at Chikpiri Gabas village, in April 2016 said the project was not about the size of its facility, but the employment opportunities that would be created in building and running the poultry project.

Meanwhile, it is the first public function attended by the President outside Abuja since his return from London, where he spent 103 days on medical leave for an undisclosed ailment. His last public appearance was on Monday when he received the national council of traditional rulers at the State House in Abuja.