More Crisis Loom in the Poultry Industry
The Poultry Association of Nigeria says that the current feed challenges facing the multi-billion naira poultry industry may take almost 20 to 25 million Nigerians out of jobs, if immediate interventions were not provided.
PAN National President, Ezekiel Ibrahim, who stated this in Abuja on Saturday during the World Egg Day celebration appealed to the Federal Government to come up with policies that would assist farmers and save the industry from total collapse.
The association noted that the industry employs millions of Nigerians directly and indirectly, stressing that the entire value chain of poultry crop alone takes almost 4.5 metric tons of maize and 1.5 metric tons of soya beans annually.
Ibrahim, who was represented by the Director General of the Association, Onallo Akpa, said the collapse of Nigeria’s poultry industry would create a big market for other parts of the world who are into poultry production.
He said: “The poultry industry is about to collapse and if that happens, there are so many negative consequences that would affect the people.
“We are being challenged by maize scarcity and high exchange rate. People producing in other parts of the world are waiting to see the poultry industry in Nigeria collapse.
“If that happens, it is a big market for them because we have the population which will create a big market for them.
“We need the government to help look into some of the policies, we need their support to help grow the industry and, without their support, no matter the money we have to invest, we can’t really achieve much.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association gave out packs of eggs to residents in the FCT to mark the World Egg Day 2021.(NAN)