The National President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, has disclosed that poultry farmers in Nigeria form 25% of the country's agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
During the launch of the 2013 egg logo, award and recognition organised by the Ogun State chapter of the PAN in Abeokuta, he said eggs could help boost the life expectancy of Nigerians.
He revealed that the leadership of the union had constituted an egg and chicken board, which he said was saddled with the responsibility of raising the consciousness of egg consumption among the people. He, therefore, urged participants at the event to inculcate the habit of eggs intake in their wards, saying this would aid both their natural and intellectual growth.
However, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, identified harsh production environment and high cost of production inputs as some of the major challenges facing the industry. She urged farmers to advance their production capacity, assuring government's readiness at providing enabling environment.
The state Chairman of the body, Dr. Olalekan Odunsi, lamented that the importation of frozen chicken had continued to militating against local farmers from producing up to expected capacity. He also bemoaned high cost of raw materials, which he said, had negatively affected the production cost of farmers. The chairman advocated controlled imports of maize and soybeans, which were the major raw materials for their production.
Source: The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN)