VALENTINE CHICKENS LTD
In 2005, The Local Government of Kwara State, Nigeria invited a group of Zimbabwean Farmers to start up a commercial farming project in an effort to increase Commercial Farming in the Country. Each candidate was offered a 1,000 hectare plot with roughly 300 hectares cleared for cropping and an option of own choice as to what to farm.
13 Farmers initially joined the project four of these farmers chose Poultry, eventually forming Valentine Chickens Limited.
The Company was established in 2009 and the processing plant completed and ready to go in 2010.
An abattoir and feedmill, together with 8 poultry houses (two per farm), capable of holding 22,000 birds each were established and production began in Mid 2010.
The Company grew from strength to strength as the Nigerian market started to familiarise themselves with Valentine Chickens.
WHAT WE DO
As part of their aim to create a fully integrated Company, Valentine Chickens farms Soya Beans, Sorghum and Maize on the expanse of cropping land available, for the Company feedmillwhich produces feed for all stages of the Poultry rearing and therefore ensures a consistent quality product for top grade feeds.
In 2015 Valentine Chickens initiated an out growers scheme as part of their responsibility to educate and assist the indigenous farmers with commercial farming practices and in the same time increase maize and soya production which would be bought back from the indigenous farmers from the Company Feedmill.
Valentine Chickens processing plant can slaughter up to 25000 birds per day and thefeedmill produce 64mt of feed per day. The final frozen chicken product is distributed across all main centres of Nigeria.
WHERE WE ARE
Based in Kwara State Nigeria, all farms surround the village of Shonga which is a 90 minute drive from the main town of Ilorin.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR VALENTINE CHICKENS LIMITED?
Principal shareholders in Valentine Chickens sell majority stake to Country Bird Holdings. With new perspective and vision, Valentine Chickens Ltd is set to increase production from mid-2016 to become one of the largest producers in Nigeria.
CONSTRUCTION OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS INCLUDES:
- 64 broiler houses (25k birds per house)
- 80 breeder houses
- 4 layer houses
- Extended processing plant
- New office blocks