About 150 poultry farmers in Kogi are set to access about N4.2 million loan worth of cash and input each for massive egg production under the federal government's National Egg Production (NEGPRO) Scheme.

The Scheme Manager and National Anchor of the programme, Chief Tunde Badmus, disclosed this at a town hall interactive meeting with poultry farmers in Lokoja on Friday.

Badmus said that NEGPRO would be commencing operations very soon in six pilot states and Kogi has been selected as one of them, saying 150 farmers have been registered in Kogi State.

According to him, the main objective of the scheme is to create employment for the unemployed Nigerians who are serious minded.

"Intending beneficiary must have a farm that can take about 2,000 pullets, motorable and accessible, have little knowledge about poultry farming and also belongs to poultry association of Nigeria (PAN).

"About 150 poultry farmers in Kogi havs registered since three months ago to partake in this program which has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Agricultural, CBN and BOA.

"Each farmer will access N4.2 million worth of cash and farm inputs as loan with 9 per cent interest rate at a gestational period of 30 months," Badmus said.

Earlier, Mr Oluwafemi Bolaji, Kogi State Anchor of NEGPRO, said the scheme was established by the federal government to create jobs, eradicate hunger, alleviate poverty, and improve the well being of the people.

According to him, agriculture creates productive employment opportunities for 45 per cent of the country's labour force and 60 per cent of rural population depends on this sector for their livelihood.