Poultry Farmers Wants Ban on Exportation of Maize

Maize Sample

Disturbed by high cost of maize, a major ingredient in the poultry feeds, the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), has called on the federal government to rescue the poultry industry by banning export of maize, in order to make the commodity available for poultry feed millers in Nigeria.

The PAN made the call in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at the 2021 Poultry Show with the theme: “De-Risking the Nigerian Poultry Industry: Stabilising Critical Inputs and Market Prices for Sustainability.” The show, which attracted stakeholders in the public and private agricultural sector in the country, featured exhibition of products and inputs, by players in the industry.

Speaking at the event attended by commissioners for Agriculture from the six South West states, the Chairman of the 2021 Poultry Show, Mr Olalekan Odunsi, stated that poultry farmers are facing lots of socio-economic challenges, which is negatively affecting the industry.

Odunsi, who lamented that insecurity, high cost animal feeds and exchange rate had forced some poultry farmers out of the business, added that the challenges had cut number of poultry farmers producing eggs, chickens and other products as many of them had closed shop. On the immediate effect of the current situation, Odunsi said people should prepare for high cost of poultry products as Christmas is approaching.

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