Kwara poultry association urges Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq to reduce cost of feeds
By KEHINDE AKINPELU, ILORIN
The Kwara State branch of the Poultry Association of Nigeria has called on governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq to assist the association by ensuring reduction in price of poultry feeds, noting that high cost of production of raising chicken has discouraged lot of poultry farmers from being in the business.
Speaking at the event to mark World egg day and the 20th anniversary of the global event, the state chairman of the Poultry farmers association of Nigeria, Mr Ojo Akinwumi Richard said poultry famers are presently running at loss.
He appealed to the federal government to allow importation of poultry feeds noting that Nigeria farmers cannot produce enough grains to meet poultry feed production.
This year event is tagged; “Eat your Egg today and everyday,”
While noting that the association will continue to do her best in making eggs available for Nigerians.
Delivering a lecture on the nutrition benefit of Egg to human being, the guest lecturer, Dr Eunice Foluke Shola-Ojo advised people from age 0 to 40 years to take three eggs per day while older people should take at least one egg per day because of the nutrition value.
Mrs Shola-Ojo said “Egg is highly nutritious with about 13 Vitamins, except Vitamin C. It has Omega 3 Fatty Acids and all the essential Amino Acid. Egg is good for growing Children and they can afford 3 eggs per day, while an egg per day is good for an adult.”
Also speaking at the event, the Director, livestock, Kwara state ministry of Agriculture, Mohammed umar Hammed assured poultry farmers of government’s support in making grains available at cheaper rate by next year
While speaking on the level at which people now deviate from poultry farming following high cost of feed, the director appealed to members of the Association to go back to business promising that government would continue to support them.