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Hard Times Hit Poultry Farmers In Nigeria

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Poultry producers must invest in capacity and standard for the industry to grow, the Director, Federal Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,Mr Joseph Nyanger, has said.

Addressing a stakeholders’ meeting in Auta-balefi, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nyanger said there must be standard to make poultry products competitive.

The meeting, he said, would enable stakeholders to discuss and approve draft guidelines on how to improve the standard of operations.

He recalled that in the last quarter of 2012 the Poultry Value Chain (PVC) team constituted an advisory panel to come up with standard of practice.

The director said members of the panel met in Ibadan early this year and came up with a draft standard for the industry.

He urged the stakeholders to proffer meaningful contributions that would enhance the poultry industry for the populace.

The team leader of the Poultry Value Chain, Prof. Funsho Sonaiya, urged the stakeholders to be mindful of the kind of standards the industry needed.

‘’We should be keen about issues like how to improve efficiency of broilers and layers and how to improve production.

‘’And we should also look at ways to include 100 per cent value addition in poultry farming,’’ Sonaiya said.

He said that there was no point creating the standards without enforcement.

According to him, issues in the draft standards include provision of good quality breeder stock, provision of good quality day old chicks and availability of quality poultry feeds.

Others are poultry health coverage, marketing, processing and value addition and research and innovations.

President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr Ayo Oduntan, said the problem with the industry was how to enforce some of the laws to enhance better performance.

He said some of the poultry farmers were going through difficult times,urging the Federal Government to assist in solving their problems.-TheNation

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