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Chevron, BRAC Sign Agreement

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A grant agreement has been signed and entered into between BRAC-LIBERIA, a leading not-for-profit development organization and Chevron, the 4th largest Oil drilling Company in the world.

The grant agreement signed between BRAC-LIBERIA and Chevron oil drilling Company on April 16, 2012 at BRAC-LIBERIA Country office in Monrovia valued at US$375,000 and is to support BRAC Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill Project for full implementation.

BRAC Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill project when fully implemented will address the growing demand for eggs on the Liberian market by the public in Liberia and create job opportunities for poultry/livestock farmers.

Speaking during the signing ceremony in Monrovia, BRAC-LIBERIA Livestock Manager, Dr. Mahmud Hossain, expressed his Organization's delight that having developed a proposal on Poultry Program that Chevron and BRAC have signed a grant of US$375,000 toward its Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill project.

He mentioned that assessing the proposal, Chevron has come forward with BRAC to contribute in establishing the 1st hatchery and fee mill after the civil war in Liberia to be located at Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

Dr. Hossain who explained that BRAC has observed under its Poultry Program the lack of Poultry feed and day old chicks in Liberia and the need to develop said sector, it was essential to have Poultry hatchery and feed mill in the country.

“From the last three years, BRAC-Liberia also found out eggs have high demand; sometime not available on the market due to shipment delay”, Dr. Hossain lamented.

Under the BRAC-Liberia poultry Hatchery Feed Mill Project, according to Dr. Hossain, about 11 of its staffers are to directly benefit, to include some 200 communities livestock and poultry promoters as well as rearers.

He noted that the project is beneficial in terms of job creation and capacity building for Liberian employees at the facility level such as Hatchery and farm supervisor, technicians as well as opportunities offered for BRAC supported community livestock and poultry promoters, who are micro-entrepreneurs spreading livestock and poultry related messages  among others.

He said special awareness will be created and community residents will be mobilized, informed on income generating activities, support for rearers through supply of chicks, feed, medicine and vaccine.

After receiving training about commercial poultry rearing, Dr. Hossain disclosed, farmers will be able to rear commercial layer birds; their nutrition consumption will increase in at household level, while rural economy stands to improve.

The BRAC-Liberia livestock manager also indicated in his official comments at the signing ceremony of the grant with Chevron management that at least 1,000 parent stock from this project BRAC will be opportune to produce about 255,500 hatch able eggs per year, with 50% to be commercial layer.

For his part, Karl L. Cottrell, Chevron's Country Manager termed the signing ceremony of the grant agreement as successful in that, Chevron primary goal is to get into partnership with other development partners in Liberia to include the Ministry of Agriculture, BRAC-Liberia, among others.

On the sustainability of the BRAC Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill, Mr. Cottrell said the project is expected to be sustained in a three year period, thus making poultry farmers in Liberia self-sustaining and generate more income.

Also making remarks, Mr. Mohammed Salam, Country Representative, BRAC-Liberia lauded Chevron Oil Drilling Company for approving the grant and said he looks forward for furthering concretization of cooperation between the two Organizations in the not-too-distance future in Liberia.