Poultry Association To Work With RMRDC To Ensure Cheaper Alternative Feed Raw Materials
The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), has said it would work with the various Agricultural Research Institutes and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) to ensuring that cheaper and affordable alternative poultry feed raw materials are developed with a view to bringing down the prices of poultry feeds that is scaring people or rather making people not to produce poultry products at profit.
Sunday Ezeobiora Sunchi, National President of PAN made this known in an interview with Daily Independent, stating that the association wants to see that poultry products are produced at the most affordable prices in such a way that every Nigerian will be able to buy an egg on a daily basis.
He also said that the most challenging aspect of the problems of poultry production is the issue of Avian Influenza (AI) that has, and is ravaging the poultry industry in the country at the moment.
Sunchi noted that most poultry farms are closing down because of the problems of cost of feed and Avian Influenza ravaging most poultry farms without compensation from the Government.
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He, thereby, appealed to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to take the issue of oversight regulation seriously by investing in active and passive surveillance to contain the scourge of Avian Influenza (AI) in the country.
“Advancing the course for vaccination against Avian Influenza is not a solution to Avian Influenza control since vaccination against other poultry diseases has not contained the diseases.
“The good news is that of all the subsectors of Agriculture in Nigeria, poultry production is the lowest hanging fruit whose investments could have the quickest return of profit especially in a country with the biggest mouths to feed and a thriving middle class population.