Mr Ikonne disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, “NALDA has designed a programme to take in 17,000 rabbit farmers especially in the south, and we have commenced the engagement in some states.
“All our programnes are in phases; in this first phase, Imo, Abia, Cross River and Oyo states have received rabbits and young farmers have been engaged into rabbit farming.
“If you recall, Mr President had launched the National young farmers scheme, which we intend to take in 774,000 young Nigerians into the entire agribusiness, and this programme has started implementing the first leg of it, which is our animal husbandry.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has given all the approvals and the funds required to implement the program has been made available to NALDA,” he said.
“A lot of people do not know the potentials, the benefits and the money they can make from rabbit rearing,