Hybrid chicken introduced
Posted Monday, January 14 2013 at 08:27
In a bid to empower rural farmers, the government has introduced hybrid chicken that can produce both meat and eggs.
The chicken named ‘Kuroiler’ are often essential component of indigenous life ways, providing local villages with both food for sustenance and a vital source of income.
“I am impressed to learn that the Kuroiler, which is a hybrid chicken, is adaptable to our rural setting and well suited to resource-poor village environments,” said Mr Bright Rwamirama, State Minister for Animal industry said in speech read for him by commissioner agriculture planning, Mr Sam Ssemanda, at the launch of the project on Friday.
“It performs very well under scavenging management system and has been genetically selected to provide both meat and eggs and is able to survive and thrive on agricultural and household waste, requiring no additional feed.”
Under the projected, the chicken will be distributed to poor rural households.
It’s estimated that each family with Kuroiler chicks will produce twice the amount of meat and four times the number of eggs compared to local indigenous chickens making families generate three times the income typical for indigenous flocks.
Mr Rwamirama said the project will contribute to increased productivity of rural households and attract establishment of other enterprises that will enable households improve their incomes and supplement programs like Naads, Nusaf, Prdp.
Programmes like Naads have been criticised for poor implemetation of government projects.