The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, says harvest of 25, 000 liters of urine from over 5000 rabbits will serve as organic fertilizer.
Ikonne, who disclosed this in Owerri, Imo State, while unveiling ‘Rabbit Waste Organic Fertilizer’ from four pilot States under the programme, also explained that 2,142,000 liters of rabbit urine will be harvested within a year as it is expected to reproduce about 1,360, 000 rabbits from the already distributed 17, 000 rabbits to farmers, just as the programme will be extended to five other States.
Speaking on the prospects of rabbit farming as a lucrative business venture, he said, with a total of five rabbits which will be given to farmers on five per farmers bases under three months, 85,000 rabbits will be distributed, while 10 rabbits kits per rabbits per gestation period, 20 rabbits will be reproduced in each farm within the same period amounting to 340,000 rabbits in three months, 680,000 in six months and 1360,000 in a year.
On the quantity of rabbits’ urine to be produced under the same period, he (Ikonne) explained that 357,000 rabbits will produce 535,500 liters of urine fertilizer in three months, while in six months period 714, 000 rabbits will produce 1,071, 000 liters of urine fertilizer, and 1,428,000 rabbits will produce 2142000 liters of urine fertilizer which will serve as organic fertilizer to support NALDA young farmers’ in their various farms at zero cost.
He also stressed that the Federal Government has resolved and is making efforts to engage more youths in the agricultural value chain, in which rabbit farming was launched in November 2020 with four pilot States of Imo, Abia, Cross River and Oyo as take-off of the programme.
Ikonne, promised that the organic fertilizer would be distributed to farmers alongside spraying machines to increase their yield.
He recalled that the rabbit rearing programme kicked off about three months ago after President Buhari flagged off the National Young Farmers Scheme, NYFS, in November last year but presently, NALDA has been able to harvest over 25, 000 liters of urine from over 5,000 rabbits which is to serve as organic fertilizer to support NALDA young farmers’ in their various farms at zero cost.
He disclosed that all NALDA farmers who submit their urine to the various collection centers are being paid to encourage them on the viability of rabbit farm business.”