The South West wing of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the government to intervene in the ‘lingering grain crisis,’ stating that the incessant increase in the cost of grains is laying siege on the poultry sector.
PAN which decried the acute scarcity of maize and soya bean, said that the poultry industry, worth billions of Naira, may suffer a drastic collapse if the government does not salvage the situation.
The group made this called at a press conference themed “Imminent Collapse of Poultry Industry: Over 5 Million Jobs Threatened – Save Our Soul”, which was held on Tuesday at the NUJ Conference Hall, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Speaking on the harsh development, Chairman, South West PAN, Hon. Dr. Olabode Adetoyi, in a press statement, divulged that the acute scarcity and astronomical prices of soya bean and maize in the country threaten additional five million poultry jobs.
Adetoyi who doubles as the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ekiti State, was represented by Dr Olalekan Odunsi, General Secretary, South West PAN.
According to him, the sector is worth over N2 Trillion in investment and has the leeway to create over 10 million jobs, directly and indirectly.
In the South West region, the chairman revealed that the poultry industry in more than six decades has been growing consistently to a population of 30million, with 60 percent representing the national poultry population.