The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State chapter, has urged the Federal Government to provide grains for feed production to ameliorate the rising costs of poultry feed meal.
The PAN Chairman, Mr Godwin Egbebe, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to him, to reduce the continuous rise in the price of poultry produce, the government should intervene by providing grains to farmers as it did before.
“The way out in ensuring a fall in the cost of poultry produce is by granting local poultry farmers access to grains for feed production.
“If the Central Bank of Nigeria’s intervention can be reintroduced into the sector it will go a long way to assist poultry farmers to access grains.
“The first intervention done in the year 2020 really cushioned the effect on the poultry sector as the grains are distributed evenly.
“However, the second intervention did not get to poultry farmers, hence, the high cost of grains and subsequent rise in the cost of poultry produce,” he said.
Egbebe also said that the government should address insecurity which had reduced the cultivation of grain by crop farmers.
”Insecurity issue also is another malaise to access and increase on cost of grains in the market.
“We do not want to sound like a broken record but we want the issue of banditry to be addressed so that farmers can grow more grains.
“Crop farmers do not produce enough grains as they used to because of the fear of bandits.
“If security issues are tackled, it will aid availability of grains and reduction of cost.
“We are in another planting season, so we need something to be done soon to get reduction in price of grain,” he stressed.
Another poultry farmer, Alhaji Shittu Asimi, said that appropriate distribution of grains from government’s intervention would help cushion the high costs of feed meal production. (NAN)