Save Poultry Industry From Collapse – South-West Farmers

Save Poultry Industry From Collapse – South-West Farmers

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) South West has appealed to the Federal Government to urgently approve importation of animal feed grade of maize to save poultry industry from collapse.

The General Secretary of PAN in the South-West, Dr Olalekan Odunsi, in company of the Chairmen of the association across the six states of the southwest held a press conference at NUJ, Iyaganku, in Ibadan on Tuesday said 10 million jobs provided by poultry were under threat due to scarcity of maize and soya beans.

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Odunsi said the acute shortage of maize and soya beans which are major components of poultry feeds had caused many of its members to be indebted while many have closed down their businesses as a result of the high cost of feeds.

Odunsi said “the Poultry industry in the South West geopolitical zone is over 6 decades growing consistently and steadily to a population of 30 million, a number representing more than 60% of the National Poultry Population.

“In investment, this sector is worth over N2 Trillion Naira. In job creation, it employs over 10 million people directly and indirectly using its wide value chain from farm to field. It is worthy of note that this sector is almost 100% private driven.

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“However, if urgent attention is not given to the lingering crisis of grains especially maize and Soya, we fear that an industry with such an enviable statistics may suffer a total collapse.

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“About July, 2020, the price of maize due to inadequate supply against the huge demand by Poultry Sector and other users, rose from a price of 105000 – 165000. In the midst of this hike in price, the Central Bank of Nigeria announced a ban on Forex for the importation of maize which further drove the price to as high as 185000/TON.

Odunsi urged the government to approve urgent importation of Animal Feed Grade of Maize to Sustain the over 50million layers, 100million broilers, 1million breeders, and other classes of poultry until the next harvest season and also enforce a ban on export of Soya beans both seed and the processed meal.

He further called for a strong collaboration between Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria, Soya Farmers Association of Nigeria and PAN to determine the body’s actual yearly need for proper planning.

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