MANAGUA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The Nicaraguan government has benefited 45,000 rural families in the past three years through its "Zero Hunger" program, Nicaraguan Vice Agriculture Minister Amanda Lorio said on Thursday.
The program has benefited some 5,000 communities by giving food production bonus to women from the poorest families to help improve their nutrition and incomes, Lorio was quoted as saying by a statement posted on the website of the Nicaraguan Presidency.
"Since the Sandinist government began executing this food production program, the families led by women received a total of 35,955 cows, which have given birth to 20,799 calves,considerably increasing the livestock," said Lorio.
The program has also given these women 23,662 pregnant pigs, which have given birth to 85,669 piglets, and 379,798 pullets, which lay about 12 million eggs and hatch out 34,000 chicks.
All these have helped these women to have better nutrition in their families, and raise their incomes. These benefited women have organized themselves into 968 agriculture-livestock cooperations, the Nicaraguan authorities said.