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‘Nigerians Advised To Tap Into Poultry Potentials’

Posted: Jul 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase


The poultry sector has been identified as one of the sustainable and decent employers of labour in Nigeria, and has a predictable and high return on investment across the value chain of breeding, production, feeding production and supply chains.

An expert in poultry and animal production, Dr. Olugbenga Ogunwole of the Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, made this known while speaking during a workshop organized by the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in Ibadan with the theme; ‘Enhancing Nigerian economy through poultry.’

He said for the poultry and animal production to be viable, it must be research driven, stressing that the sector if properly harnessed would boost the economy.

While speaking on how the sector would boost the nation’s economy, Ogunwole said with affordable labour, high demands for eggs and poultry products and increasing demands for cheaper sources of protein as the population increases and urban dweller surges were factor energizing the industry to contribute to the local production, processing and utilization of the products.

Ogunwole said poor elasticity of production, high cost of poultry feeds and vaccination, vagaries of weather, poor production efficiency, sub-standard inputs and activities of quacks parading themselves as professionals among others were some of the challenges facing the poultry production sector that had encumbered the growth of the sector and the economy.

On the way forward, he suggested a strategy to make the industry competitive such as effective linkage with research institutes and new technologies like the one between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israeli poultry farmers.

Also speaking, Oyo State Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Chairman, Mr. Olabanji Akanji, said poultry has great potential for revamping the economy if given the needed attention by stakeholders.

“While we plead for massive government support for the industry, we cannot but keep investing in the industry in our own little way as individuals for all these have effects on the nation’s economy.

He called for government at all level to rally round the sector so as to serve as a major boost to the economy, while the association will continue in its own little way to play its part in the development of the sector.