natnudO Donates Poultry to IDPs

natnudO Foods Limited makers of natnudO chicken and eggs have donated 5000 Noiler birds and 75000 eggs to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and women to combat the high level malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality and stunted growth among children ravaging the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

Speaking at the launch and presentation of the birds to the beneficiaries by the Minister of Agriculture Chief Audu Ogbe and Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima, the Group Managing Director of natnudO foods Dr. Ayoola Oduntan said:

"The easiest and quickest source through which people in the disadvantaged rural areas and IDP camps can get high quality protein to supplement their food is through chicken and eggs."

According to United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) about 5.9 million babies are born every year in Nigeria and over 1 million of the babies die before the ages of 5 owing to malnutrition. It is also projected that about 5.2million people are expected to be seriously affected by malnutrition as against the 4.7 million currently affected in the North East.

The natnudO boss who handed the birds and eggs over to the Ministry of Agriculture explained that Noiler birds which could be reared at the backyard, on free range, just like the local birds do not require high input in rearing like the broiler and layer breeds. Oduntan informed that the initial letter  'N' of Noiler stands for "Nigeria" to indicate local content.

Oduntan added: "If we can have 5 million rural women with 20 birds in their backyards to feed their children with eggs and chicken or sell poultry products in their village markets to support their families, the high malnutrition level would drastically drop.

natnudO also donated 250 units of 25kg bags of feeds to the 250 women in addition to a satchet of vitamins to assist the birds settle in properly.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima congratulated the company and donated N10,000 each to the beneficiaries.


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