FG Pledges to Prioritise Poultry Business
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Poultry business will be given necessary government attention so as to maximise the potentials of the industry, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has promised.
Speaking with a delegation of Poultry Association of Nigeria which paid him a courtesy visit this week in his office, the Acting President wondered why poultry business seemed to have been ignored even as agriculture is resurgent. He acknowledged the need to address some of the challenges facing the industry, because it is a significant contributor to the country’s economy.
During his own remarks, the National President of the association, Dr Ayoola Oduntan informed the Acting President that poultry business is a trillion naira industry which has the potential to create jobs and provide economic empowerment to Nigerians.
He appealed for government intervention amongst other issues in ensuring compensation for poultry farmers affected by the avian influenza, reduction of production high cost and urged that foreign exchange be made available for machinery and critical inputs of the industry, which he noted has a 90 percent local content.