The National Agricultural Land Development Authority says it has harvested over 30,000 litres of rabbit urine and 1,000 kilograms of rabbit droppings for fertilizer production in the country.
Farmers using rabbit urine in the production save on pesticide and fertilizer costs as the liquid is said to offer major nutrients required by crops.
Organic fertilizer companies and a few rabbit farmers are turning the urine into a business venture.
Rabbit droppings also serve as organic manure and help to boost nitrogen and ammonia content in crops.
NARDA says it has recovered farm estates that were abandoned in the last 20 years in Katsina, Ekiti, Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kebbi, Oyo, Imo, Lagos, Delta, Bauchi, Yobe, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi, Osun, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Abia States.
It however noted it plans to start an animal husbandry programme, which includes rabbitry and goat rearing in some pilot states that have recorded huge success.
The rabbit rearing programme kicked off about three months ago after the nation’s President, Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the National Young Farmers Scheme, NYFS, in November 2020.
The pilot States for the programme however include Imo, Abia, Oyo and Cross River States.