Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Smallholder Commercialization and Agribusiness Development Project (SCADeP) has delivered a significant boost to poultry farmers by importing 11,550 Isa brown day-old chicks. This short-term support initiative targets ten grantees under the Agribusiness Services Matching Grant scheme and the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI).
SCADeP’s selection of Isa brown day-old chicks is noteworthy for their proven ability to thrive in the country, displaying resilience against diseases and boasting a higher percentage of egg-laying capacity. The chicks were specifically chosen for distribution to grantees to enhance their poultry farming ventures.
Francis Sesay, Operations Officer of Lanark Trading Limited, the company entrusted with the importation process, expressed enthusiasm about the quality of the chicks. Receiving the chicks at Suma Airport in the Kafu Bullom Chiefdom, Lungi, Sesay emphasized that these day-old chicks have the potential to achieve an impressive 95% egg-laying capacity compared to other breeds. He highlighted the significance of providing appropriate feed and vaccines to ensure the chicks’ growth and minimize mortality rates, ultimately contributing to increased protein production across the country.
For the Tekor Research Centre, Dauda Shecku Yillah, PhD, Senior Researcher at SLARI, acknowledged the groundbreaking support from SCADeP. Receiving 1,500 day-old chicks for research purposes, Yillah highlighted the importance of this assistance in conducting research on cross-breeding and enhancing resistance to local diseases. He revealed that SCADeP had previously constructed a chicken research facility, requiring additional support to reach full functionality.
Out of the ten grantees, five will receive up to 1,200 day-old chicks each, accompanied by a supply of feed courtesy of SCADeP. This provision is expected to sustain the birds until they begin laying eggs, thereby increasing the capacity of supported poultry grantees to meet local market demands.
The initiative is part of SCADeP’s broader program aimed at boosting production and productivity in the agricultural sector. This short intervention, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, focuses on enhancing the productive capacity of rice, maize, and onion grantees supported by SCADeP, promoting sustainable and increased agricultural output. MJB/14/11/2023