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‘Poultry Value Chain Capable Of Creating One Million Jobs Within Two Years’

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Posted: Nov 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase,

Lagos

 

The National President of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, has said that the value chain in the poultry industry is capable of creating more than one million jobs for the Nigerians populace within two years if properly harnessed.

Oduntan stated this while addressing newsmen in Lagos on the Nigerian Poultry Show 2016 billed to hold on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th November at DLK Events Center, M.K.O Abiola way, Abeokuta, Ogun State, with the theme; “Sustaining the Poultry Industry in an Economic Recession.”

Oduntan, stated further that there is a vast array of employment opportunities lying within the poultry value chain and that the government and the people must take it seriously to ensure that it is not only sustained but made to grow as agriculture is truly the future.

According to him, the eradication of imported poultry products in Nigeria will create hundreds of billions of naira in the economy in revenue.

“Nigeria is the number one producers of eggs in Africa but then if you look at the number of eggs we are producing and look at our population you will realize that there is still so much room for improvement. There is no reason why all of you here must not have poultry; we will still not have met the demands, the same thing for chicken; we are number four in Africa,” he added.

Oduntan further stated that the reason why the industry has not grown to number one is because of the smuggling of chicken into the country, stressing that it has not allowed the industry to expand.

“So we find ourselves in a situation where we are always struggling with ‘orobo’ which we have shown without any doubt is poisonous to us and our children. We grew up eating different types of chicken, these children are growing up from the day they start to chew and eat that chemical inside ‘orobo’. What future are we preparing for them; what health are we giving them,” he added.

Speaking further, he said the reason why the industry has not achieved the success it so desired is because of the cost of production in terms of raw materials.

According to him, “The poultry industry must not only survive but must grow and that is why the theme for this year’s conference is sustaining the poultry industry in an economic recession because if you continue to look at us the way we are going, we are dying.”

He, however, said the cost of feed is actually a critical issue as this affects all aspects of the poultry production including eggs and chicken.

“If feed millers are receiving raw materials, maize, soya at a high cost then it means that the feed price already isn’t the making of the manufacturer, the entire cost of production will go up.”

He appealed to government that as it is encouraging farm production of these raw materials it should ensure that the demands of local manufacturers are met before exporting.