Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria (PAN), has warned that cost of livestocks and other poultry products will be expensive during the forthcoming Yuletide.
The association attributed this projection to foreign exchange and security challenges actoss the country.
Chairman of the Planning Committee of the 2021 Poultry Show of the association, Samuel Olalekan Odunsin made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Odunsin identified the continious export of soya and maize as some of the major problems bedeviling the industry.
He also attributed the expected rise to the continious extinction of many livestock farms in the country due to economic and security challenges.
Odunsin canvassed ban on exportation of soya meals and maize by Federal Government saying that this would help farmers to conserve for local use.
“A lot of farms have closed down and only few are available so the cost of chicken will be high this festive period and moreso the cost of maize and soya continue to increase, so with this people should braze up for high cost of chicken during the festive period.
“What is more challenging in poultry business is Forex- foreign exchange, a lot of materials that we use are imported except for maize and soya all these are effecting cost of production so let’s prepare for a very high cost this December.
Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, while speaking with journalists reiterated the state government commitment to increase the production of chickens in the state.
“When it comes to poultry farming, you know Ogun State is number one and that is why we don’t joke with it. We are ready to partner with interested pilots to make profits so that stakeholder can also key into it.
“We are doing this to continue to make Ogun State a destination of choice for investors and continues to be an induction hub of the nation” he stated.