Nowadays many philanthropists and the people interested in the development discuss how raising chicken can be a solution for people who live on less than $ 2 a day. One of them is the richest person on the planet, Bill Gates. He donated 100,000 chicken to sub-Saharan African countries because he believes in what chickens can bring to fight poverty. Gates says that chickens are a good source of income because they don’t need a lot of time to raise and can be sold with a good price. Moreover, eating chickens and their eggs can solve the problem of mal-nutrition in underdeveloped countries as they are rich n proteins and other nutrients. Also, it’s a way to autotomize women because it may be an easy way for them to get money.
In Senegal, poultry farming is a high-yielding and consumer-oriented activity, multiplied by 10 times in less than 10 years. 10% of production is exported and the sector has a growth rate of 8% per year with and 10,000 jobs. In addition, the poultry sector benefits from assets that make projects promising; the relative ease of implementation, the ratio of output to production, income, and to employment, and the nutritional quality of products are the strong arguments that explain the willingness and motivation of communities to engage in this sector.
There was another difficulty that prevents this project from being cost-effective. First, it was the state of the building. During the rainy season, the water gets into the chicken coop which can cause many problems. Lately, during the last production band, we lost nearly 50 chickens which died as the rain got into the building, and that affected the production negatively and made it hard to gain profit.
What’s been proposed to solve the problem?
The best solution we have found to strengthen the management of this project and also increase the profits is by increasing the production of chicken to 400 chickens. To achieve that, it is necessary to enlarge the building surface from 20m2 to 40m2. In addition to that, it is necessary to build a small store to keep chickens’ nutrition and materials, and also to buy the operating equipment that still needed.
This expansion is very important to strengthen this project. This will allow us to integrate many more young people (at least three) in the management of this chicken coop in each production instead of a single young person who manages and does everything. Then, we will ensure that the management will be effective, and also the youths of Keur-Simbara who have no work will have the opportunity to have an income generating activity. On top of that, with the profit margin, we can reward managers without difficulty. Through this strategy the project will be more profitable and the revenues of association of the young people will be increased.
Back with more details after the implementation soon; stay tuned!