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Some poultry farmers in Jos have lamented over the hike in feeds and other consumables, thus sending many of them out of business.
Farmers, who spoke to reporters in Jos yesterday, said because many of the farmers could not bear the rising cost of the feeds, they “are gradually opting out of business.”
Mr Okopi Sule, a poultry farmer, said input had become outrageously high and income from the business becoming extremely low.
“We now buy feeds at the cost of N4,600 instead of N3,300 and medication for the birds is now very expensive,’’ said Sule.
“We are all trying to remain in business and not to completely fold up.
Mr Mike Uche said that customer’s purchasing power had dropped in the country and very few families could afford chicken and egg.
Mrs Nanji Gambo, the Public Relations Officer of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Plateau chapter, lamented that many members of the association have invested so much and that such investments are wasting away due to low patronage.
Gambo called on the government to come to the aid of the poultry farmers to enable them to remain in the business.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, in September last year, announced the release of 30,000 tons of maize from the national reserves to animal feed producers.
The President then said the release was a direct response by the Federal Government to deal with the high cost of poultry production.