To ensure empowerment for livestock farmers across the country, the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, has urged Nigerians to increase their intake of poultry meat and eggs. The group noted that farm produce was nutritious and of immense benefit to the body system. Speaking at the event tagged ‘Impact of Poultry Industry on Food Security and Employment, Prof. Eustace Iyayi, Registrar of Nigeria Institute of Animal Science, who was represented by Mr. Fola Adebayo, lamented the low intake of poultry products by Nigerians, compared to other countries across the world.
According to him, “the average capital consumption of poultry meat is less than 2kg in Nigeria as against about 40kg in South Africa. However, with the increase in global population, investors have spotted Africa as a potential food basket that could feed the world.” He noted that if these statistics were harnessed, it would, in turn, attract billions of dollars to our economy and also create more job opportunities for Nigerians. He also observed that Nigeria is confronted with the challenges of regulations, insecurity and high cost of input supply, which should be strongly addressed. Guardian