In an effort to improve rural livelihoods in Malawi through village poultry, National Rural Poultry Centre (NRPC) Malawi has trained 30 community based poultry lead farmers in Ntchisi on the good management of poultry such as housing, feeding, breeding and diseases.
The organisations has also given the trained lead farmers poultry medicine.
Speaking after presenting certificates to the poultry lead farmers, NRPC interim director, Pat Boland called on the certified poultry lead farmers to utilize the skills gained during the three day training hence reducing of birds to diseases such as Newcastle.
“We have decided to engage in this activity because veterinary officers are very few and they can not reach out to many farmers. It is our belief that these trained farmers will impart the knowledge that have gained through this training on their fellow farmers,” he said.
In his remarks, Assistant Veterinary Officer for Chikwatula Extension Planning Area, Edward Mwandiutsa commended the NRPC Malawi for training the poultry lead farmers saying this will reduce the gap of veterinary officers.
The training was funded by GRM International, an agricultural development company based in Brislane, Australia.