The Ministry of Agriculture has introduced an initiative in Corentyne Villages to enhance self-sufficiency in single parent households.
Single parents from Alness to Whim/Bloomfield are set to benefit from the expansion of the Black Giant Poultry Initiative according to Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha.
“I will give 25 black giant chickens to each single parent so it can help them to start a process, every single parent in this community. We want to work with you so we’ll make a list and each of you will get 25 black giant chickens with a bag of feed to start you out.”
This will be rolled out over the next two weeks.
The initiative first began in Hinterland Dormitories to provide students with a consistent supply of locally produced meals at a low cost while assisting with the school agriculture programmes.
It was later extended to riverain communities and coastal regions.
He urged future beneficiaries not to betray the trust of the Ministry and officials in charge of the system with dishonesty.
“From Alness to Bloomfield, all the single parents. Only single parents. A lot of people during the flood relief conned the process. We got to be careful.”
This will help single parents become more self-sufficient as the chickens can not only provide for meals within their households, but they can sell the eggs to earn income for their homes as well.
The Black Giant is a large dual purpose chicken, which has the ability to produce up to two hundred (200) eggs annually and about 4.5 kilograms of meat.
These birds are able to graze and forage, and can survive on kitchen scraps.