Nigeria’s Poultry Sector on the Verge of Collapse

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The leadership of the Poultry Association of Nigeria says the industry is on the verge of total collapse if urgent intervention is not channeled to it without further delay.

In a statement signed by both the National President, Chief Sunday Ezeobiora, and Director-General, Onallo Akpa, they explained that though the Government had declared a State of Emergency on Food Security, the situation of the Poultry industry needs urgent intervention.

The statement claimed that the rising costs of maize and its scarcity are forcing farmers to shut down their poultry farms as it is no longer financially feasible to feed the birds and operate the farms, endangering the continued growth of the poultry industry.

The association thanked the Government for its assistance over the years, particularly for the policy restricting the import of frozen chicken into Nigeria, but alleged that there were still some skirmishes and pockets of smuggled poultry products entering the nation’s marketplaces.

“The Poultry industry is being frustrated by the Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCX) and the Strategic Maize Reserve (SMR) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The industry was allocated 40,000 Metric tons of Maize to assist poultry production in the country, and in two weeks, they cancelled the allocation and stopped poultry farmers from lifting the Maize on the conditions best known to them, thereby majorly contributing to the high prices of Maize in the markets because of holding down their stocks of Maize,” the statement read.

It noted that the poultry industry contributes around 25% of the agricultural gross domestic product (AGDP) and employs about 25 million Nigerians directly and indirectly.

In view of the importance of the poultry industry, the leadership of the Association, therefore, appealed to the government to direct both NCX and CBN, which manages the Strategic Maize Reserve, to free the allocations of 40,000 metric tons to the industry through the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN).

The Association also urged the Government to direct the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural to release 20,000 Metric Tons of Maize from the Strategic Food Reserves of the Ministry to the Poultry industry through the Association at discounted prices to mitigate the current challenges to the Poultry industry in the country.

The Poultry farmers pledged commitment to working closely with the government for the realization of the HOPE mandate of the present administration.

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