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Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria (PAN) has told Nigerians to prepare to buy chickens at a very expensive price this December.
The association said foreign exchange and security challenges in the country are major factors contributing to the hike of chickens and other poultry products.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee of the 2021 poultry show of the association, Samuel Olalekan Odunsin held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Odunsin disclosed that continious export of soya and maize are some of the major problems bedeviling the Industry.
According to him another problem that is causing the increase in the price of livestock during festive period is the continious extinction of many livestock farms in the country
He lamented that many farms have closed down in the nation due to economic challenges.
Odunsin however appealed to the Federal government to ban exportation of soya meals and maize for farmers to conserve for local use.
He said “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 are 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.
The Commission for Agriculture in the state, Dr Adeola Odedina while speaking to journalists at the sideline of the event reiterated the state government commitment to increase the production of chickens in the state.
Odedina said the current administration was committed to working with poultrry farmers to encourage mass production of livestock and eggs for export value-chain.
“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.