At least 25 youth from Wellingara Youth Banataba Association (Back Way returnees) are currently on a five-day induction training on Poultry Production Management and Value Chain Financing and Marketing at the Department of Livestock Service in Abuko.
The training is funded by the Project for Building Resilience against Food and Nutrition Security (P2RS). It is aimed at building the capacity of the ‘Back Way’ returnees to have access to finance as well as enable them properly manage their poultry productions.
The training, which attracted various technical experts as facilitators from the Department of Livestock Services and other units under the Ministry of Agriculture, was also meant to empower the youth with the basic principles and best practices of raising poultry production and management scheme.
The training also aims to empower and encourage youth to venture into poultry production business scheme and desist from the back way journey.
Topics to be covered during the training include house preparation, chick brooding and management, bio-security principles, overview of poultry production in The Gambia, common viral diseases in poultry in The Gambia, commercial poultry farming as an important and viable enterprise, poultry value chain financing and marketing concepts as well as record keeping in poultry farms.
Participants will also be taken through practical exercises on breeding and field visit to a poultry farm.
The lesson learnt would help youths lay the foundation in their small business endeavour, identity signs and symptoms affecting their poultry production as well as prevent them.
Isatou Savage, Regional Director Department of Livestock Service for West Coast Region, who doubles as the focal person for P2RS, said part of the project is to build the capacity of youth.
According to her, production of chicken will start soonest after building the capacities of participants. She assured participants that the project would provide them one thousand birds to start production.