Poultry stakeholders have proposed an integrated food safety management system that will beef-up production processes to increase local production and export potential.
They made the proposal at the 2019 Poultry Association of Nigeria Lagos State (PANLAG) Poultry Industry Intervention tagged: ‘Impact of Poultry Industry on Food Security and Employment’, in Lagos on Tuesday.
Prof. Eustace Iyayi, the Registrar, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science, in a keynote address, said that production of chickens and eggs which were the cheapest form of animal protein was endowed with vast opportunities locally and internationally.
Iyayi said: “If Nigeria must key into these vast opportunities, we need to beef up production processes to meet up to international standard via integrated food safety management system from farm to table.
“Otherwise, we will be trapped in the trade banks with our products being grossly under-priced and we must be open to regulatory adjustments with the ultimate goal of sustaining the framework.
“We could also adopt the backward integration system through mechanised maize and soya production, ploughed back to the production of poultry products to ensure low production cost of poultry birds.’’
Iyayi also said that consumption of poultry meat and egg was still very low in Nigeria.
The registrar called for an urgent solution to the high cost of inputs.
The Chairman, PANLAG, Mr Godwin Egbebe, said that the annual programme was to accord farmers the opportunity to liaise with government and other stakeholders in the sector on standards to be adhered to.
“To be able to produce wholesome products for local consumption and to meet export market standards,’’Egbebe said.
He said that the border closure was what propelled the topic as there was a huge gap in the sector that had before now experienced influx of unwholesome smuggled chickens and turkeys.
He also said: “If all stakeholders in the poultry value chain play their part sincerely, food security will be guaranteed and our youths will be gainfully employed because we have the capacity.”
Egbebe appealed to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to start the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in the state to allow farmers and children benefit from the Federal Government initiative.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr Babatunde Salau, urged commercial banks to assist poultry farmers with affordable credits.
Salau said lack of access to credit had posed a huge challenge to farmers in the sub-sector, because the growing population and government’s initiatives required more entrants to the poultry business.
Mrs Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, the State Project Coordinator of the Federal Government and World Bank APPEALS project, said that there were opportunities embedded in the poultry industry.
Sagoe-Oviebo said that Nigeria needed to go back to cultivating maize and utilising uncultivated lands to bring down the cost of producing poultry products
The Nigeria News Agency reports that representatives of commercial banks, feed producers processors and producers of poultry products were present at the event to thinker on issues and to proffer solutions to address the challenges.
Edited & Vetted By: Adeleye Ajayi
COVID-19: Poultry farmer laments poor sales
A farmer in Lagos State, Mr Michael Aleagbu, has decried the poor sales in the poultry subsector owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Aleagbu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos the sharp drop in poultry sales was due to lockdown restrictions on most businesses that patronised poultry dealers.
He, however, expressed hope that business would pick up once the lockdown was completely eased across the country.
“Sales has drastically dropped in the poultry industry following the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown period which is gradually being eased.
“As poultry farmers, our major stocks are eggs and chicken and we get most of our patronage from eateries, restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses.
“However, because most of these businesses are still on lockdown or operating below capacity, we have been recording low sales in the poultry sector.
“As a matter of fact, most poultry farmers have large stock of eggs in their farms that are unsold, so it is a challenge we are currently facing.
“Hopefully with the easing of movement across the country, I believe things will gradually begin to look up for poultry farmers,” the farmer told NAN.
Aleagbu said the farmers tried to promote sales for poultry produce online but was not successful.
“It’s not all businesses that can be promoted online, in case of delivering eggs through online order and delivery; we may incur losses due to damages because eggs are fragile.
“The only way the government input can help to boost our sales again is to completely ease the lockdown to enable full patronage of the business,” Aleagbu said.
The poultry farmer said they had to reduce feed ration per meal time in a bid to cut the rising cost of feeding the birds.
“This in turn has reduced the number of eggs they lay; they do not produce at their optimal level following the meal reduction.
“It’s what the birds consume that determines what they produce, so we have reduced their feed to reduce their production of eggs and to minimise loss for us.
“We really have not faced any issue of disease outbreaks on our farms this period because once you follow the initial vaccination procedures you will not have issues with disease outbreaks,” he said.
Production cost: Table water producers seek tax holiday from Niger govt.
The Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP) in Niger has appealed to the state government for tax holiday to cushion the effect of high cost of production.
The ATWAP Chairman in the state, Mr Isiaka Busari, made the appeal during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Minna.
Busari said that since the lockdown, occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, there had been increase in the cost of production, as most production materials came from China and Lagos.
“Some of our members have shut down because the cost of production has taken toll on their marginal profit.
“We are appealing to the state government to give us tax relief, because we are not operating at full capacity as a result of the lockdown caused by the pandemic.
“Before COVID-19, nylon used for production used to sell for N650 per kg. It now sells for N1,900 because the companies that produce the material within and outside the country have been affected by COVID-19,” he said.
Busari said that before the outbreak of coronavirus, a bag of sachet water used to be sold for N80, adding that it was now being sold for N100.
“The average producer of sachet water in the state produces and supplies 800 bags per day; but it is now difficult to produce 200 bags per day, and this will take about two days to sell because of low patronage, due to the lockdown.
“People hardly go out to work now; so there is the challenge of inadequate funds.
“Besides, the rainy season is here; the situation may be worse because many people may take to drinking rain water, due to lack of money,” he said.
According to him, there are over 4,000 members of the association registered by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) operating in the state, with each employing about 60 workers.
Busari, who said that ATWAP had taken many unemployed youths off the streets, added that government should come to their aid in order to keep the employees.
He also appealed to the state government to fumigate their premises, saying that the two-week notice given to them by the state Environmental Protection Agency to fumigate their factories would be an additional cost.
He said that the directive by the agency to shut down any factory that failed to do so might prompt most residents to drink water from unhealthy sources.
Lockdown: Poultry farmers demand review of security at checkpoints
This, they said, would ensure smooth and effective implementation of directives on COVID-19 containment.
Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, the President of the association, made the appeal while reacting to the restriction and detention of vehicles conveying eggs and day-old-chicks on Monday in Oyo State by junior security operatives leading to the death of chicks worth over N50 million.
Reacting to the development, Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja that the enormous loss was caused by an act of insubordination by junior security operatives to the command structure of government.
The president also alleged corrupt practices at the various boundaries in the federation.
He suggested for a mixed security arrangement to ensure effective policing at the check points.
Ibrahim recommended the reconstitution to compose of the Police, Civil Defence, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Military, DSS, representatives from the traditional institution, commodities, manufacturers association and civil societies.
He emphasised that a comprehensive membership of those manning the checkpoints would ensure check and balance as well minimise abuses and excesses of security operatives.
“Government have laid down rules and regulations explaining everything by exempting certain categories, more importantly all essential goods and services like poultry products can move unhindered.
“The directive is so clear but the junior security operatives who are to implement this directive geared toward COVID-19 containment accordingly, are violating the laid down rules and regulations or policy, they are becoming insubordinate to their command structure.
“Often times they restrict the movement of vehicles conveying day-old-chicks due to compromise.
“Therefore police should not be left alone at any checkpoint, there should be representatives from the traditional institution, Civil Defence, commodity association, civil societies and NOA.
“Traditional institution should be incorporated because anywhere in this country you have traditional institution, people respect them more because they are closer to the masses. So if these five groups of people are at the checkpoints, l believe it will minimis some of the abuses or corruption.
“We need to have check and balance; the representative from commodity or manufacturing association is for monitoring and evaluation to give the effectiveness to the smooth implementation of all these directives that government has given.
“I am appealing to both the federal and state governments to reconstitute those at the checkpoints and allow commodity or manufacturers association representatives be at the checkpoints to ensure smooth passage of essential goods and services,” he urged.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
COVID-19: Eat egg daily to boost immunity, Poultry Association urges Nigerians
The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has advised Nigerians to eat eggs daily to boost their immune system against COVID-19 and other viral diseases.
The President of the association, Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, gave the advice in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
“To build your immunity against any disease, including COVID-19, eat an egg a day,” Ibrahim said.
According to him, people can combat any disease through regular consumption of eggs as a major component of food that contains essential nutrients and vitamins required by the body.
He particularly described egg as a good immune booster, especially against the backdrop of the current global pandemic.
”I urge members of the public to make egg part of their daily diet. It is a good source of protein and other key nutrients that the body requires to remain healthy.
”It is very important in fighting this COVID-19 pandemic. You can consume an egg per day, and there is no restriction because egg is good for everybody, both the young and the old.
“It is very important to encourage consumption of eggs; government can even add it to the palliatives being given to the vulnerable, the security operatives and the frontline health workers, airport workers and those workers in correctional facilities.
According to WebMD achieves, one egg has 75 calories and seven grams of high-quality protein, five grams of fat and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids.
”Egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients, like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can also reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults,” Ibrahim added.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq