The management of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development through the Department of Animal Husbandry (DAHS) Services recognized the financial challenges and uncertain lifestyle faced by retired officers of the Ministry and came up with capacity building and empowerment of this group of Staff as a way of addressing this ugly trend. FMARD Staff retiring from service within two years were drawn from the non-technical Departments. The Non-technical Departments that were captured include the Department of  Human Resources, Planning and Policy Coordination, Finance & Accounts Department, Procurement, Reforms Coordination & Service,  General Services, Special DutiesLegal Unit, Library, and, Staff Clinic.

The main aim of this programme is to expose investment opportunities in the livestock sub-sector in Nigeria to these targeted groups along the value chains; increase their knowledge and skills in livestock production,  create employment opportunities and increase the income generation of the targeted groups in processing and market linkages.

A total of fifty-one Staff were empowered in both poultry and goat production which was held at  Armti Guest House Apo Gudu, Abuja,  FCT.

Their capacities were also enhanced on “investment opportunities in livestock sub-sector in Nigeria on different value chains. At the end of the programme, participants were supported with start-up kits based on the choice of livestock prefered so that they can start immediately.

Thirty-one (31) persons were empowered in poultry production. Each person received thirty birds (4 weeks brooded broilers), two bags of finisher feed, one drinker and one feeder with a transport fare of N10,000.00. Twenty (20) persons were empowered in Goat production. Each person received two goats (Male and Female) and a transport fare of N10,000.00

The programme was very successful as the participants were delighted with this new development which they believed will increase their income generation. The participants appreciated the Ministry and the Department of Animal Husbandry Services for enhancing their capacity and look forward to receiving updates and reviews of their performance.