The government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have signed an agreement that calls for the FAO to invest US$3 million over three years to develop poultry farming in rural Equatorial Guinea.

This investment is part of the government's efforts to develop the country's agricultural sector and create income-generating activities in rural and urban areas. The goal of the government and the FAO is to develop a family-based poultry industry that employs modern practices. The program will provide training and resources for feeding and care of poultry stock, vaccination against diseases and general veterinary care.

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Miguel Oyono Ndong Mifumu, agriculture minister of Equatorial Guinea, and Athman Mravili, Malabo representative of the FAO, signed the agreement. "The goal of this government program is to develop the agricultural regions of the country," said Ndong. "This agreement will have a positive impact in rural areas by supporting the work of its people."

The agreement provides training in the provinces and extension and implementation of a system to deliver critical pharmaceuticals.