Several youths from various provinces have received free range chickens and guinea fowls to start their own projects under the Roadrunner Programme launched by the youth desk in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development in conjunction with a private partner.

The pilot project was launched in Umwinsdale, Harare to empower youths to venture in commercial rearing of free range chickens.

Handing over the first batch of free range chickens chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on lands and agriculture Cde Christopher Chitindi hailed the youth desk in the Agriculture Ministry and Dr Munhuwepasi Chikosi for taking heed of the government’s call to empower youths.

Beneficiaries of the pilot project say the project has the potential to change the livelihood of women and youths to generate their own income.

The public and private partnership project will see thousands of youths throughout the country being given 25 chickens and 10 guinea fowls each to start their own free range chicken project and a ready market for the roadrunners and eggs has been secured.