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Nigerians risk job losses over poultry industry challenges– Association

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) says the current feed challenges facing the multibillion naira poultry industry could put millions of Nigerians out of work, if immediate interventions are not provided.

PAN National President Ezekiel Ibrahim said so on Saturday in Abuja during the celebration of World Egg Day.

Ibrahim therefore called on the federal government to come up with policies that would help its members and save the industry from total collapse.

The association noted that the industry directly and indirectly employs millions of Nigerians, pointing out that the entire poultry value chain alone consumes nearly 4.5 tonnes of maize and 1.5 tonnes of soybeans. per year.

Ibrahim, who was represented by the association’s chief executive, Onallo Akpa, warned that the collapse of the Nigerian poultry industry would create a large market for other parts of the world that engage in poultry production.

He said: “The poultry industry is on the verge of collapse and if that happens there are so many negative consequences that would affect the people.

“We are faced with the scarcity of corn and the high exchange rate. Producers in other parts of the world are waiting to see the poultry industry collapse in Nigeria.

“If that happens, it’s a big market for them because we have the people who are going to create a big market for them.

“We need the government to help us look at some of the policies, we need their support to help develop the industry and without their support no matter how much money we have to invest, we can’t really do big. -thing.”

While calling on the federal government to step up the school feeding program where one egg per day per child can be implemented meaningfully across the country, he urged the government to also include eggs in the feeding program. prisons.

He further called on the federal government to consider eggs as a priority food item that could be provided to displaced people in various locations across the country.

In his remarks, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) PAN Chairman Pius Aminu said the poultry sector should be taken more seriously by the government than any other sector.

Aminu said the poultry trade has been good and very encouraging for the people of FCT, but with the advent of COVID-19, many setbacks have affected the business.

While noting that some poultry farmers have been kidnapped in recent times, he said the industry also faces barriers that prevent them from moving their products from farms to city centers.

“In the past six months, more than 2,000 people have been thrown out of the workforce due to some of the challenges poultry farmers face.

“No sector in Nigeria employs people like the poultry industry, an average farm with a population of 2,000 birds needs nothing less than 10 workers,” he added.

The Nigeria News Agency also reports that the association distributed packets of eggs to some residents of Abuja to mark the celebration of World Egg Day 2021.

Source: NAN

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