Be Ready For High Cost Of Chickens During Yuletide - PAN Tells Nigerians - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Be Ready For High Cost Of Chickens During Yuletide - PAN Tells Nigerians

The Daily Crucible | Published Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria (PAN) has urged Nigerians to brace up for the looming further high cost of chickens and other poultry products, especially during the approaching festive period.

The association which attributed the precipitating major factors to foreign exchange and security challenges in the country, also identified extinction  of many livestock farms as another factor that would trigger an increase in the price of chicken during yuletide.

The PAN Chairman, Samuel Odunsi disclosed this during the 2021 poultry show in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, saying the export of soya and maize are equally some of the major issues threaten the Industry.

Odunsi lamented that many farms have shut down in the nation following the economic challenges.

He appealed to the Federal government to ban exportation of soya meals and maize for farmers to conserve for local use. 

He said: "A lot of farms have closed down and only few are available so the cost of chicken will be high this festive period and moreso the cost of maize and soya are continue to increase so with this people should braze up for high cost of chicken during the festive period. 

"What is more challenging in poultry business is Forex- foreign exchange, a lot of materials that we use are imported except for maize and soya all these are effecting cost of production so let's prepare for a very high cost this December. 

The Commission for Agriculture in the state, Dr Adeola Odedina while speaking to newsmen shortly after his remarks at the the event, reiterated the state government commitment to increase the production of chickens in the state.

Odedina said the current administration was committed to working with poultrry farmers to encourage mass production of livestock and eggs for export value-chain.

"When it comes to poultry farming, you know Ogun state is number one and that is why we don't joke with it. We are ready to partner with interested pilots to make profits so that stakeholder can also key into it. 

"We are doing this to continue to make Ogun state a destination of choice for investors and continues to be an induction hub of the nation."

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