Some egg dealers in Gombe State have advised farmers to invest more in poultry farming to boost egg production to meet local demand in the state. They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe.
A dealer from Akko Local Government Area of the state, Mrs Florence John, said the demand for eggs in the state was high. According to Mrs Florence, the eggs that poultry farmers produce are not enough to meet local demand. She said there was, as a result of this, a huge market for eggs and poultry in Gombe.
“This is one area that farmers can invest in and get good returns. Though it takes more time and care to rear layers, after about five months they can start producing eggs. We get most of our eggs from Jos and even from Abuja. This is not good enough; we can produce eggs here and meet the demand of the state and even beyond,’’ she said.
Florence said that with such investment, jobs would be created through poultry farming and that would ensure that egg dealers were assured of regular supply, instead of waiting for days to receive supplies from Jos. She appealed to the state government to make the environment conducive for investments in that regard. “The government can give special interest-free loans to poultry farmers to boost egg production in the state”, she added.
Another dealer from the Gombe Main market, Malam Usman Baba, said they found it difficult to get supplies, especially in festive seasons, as a result of the high demand for chicken meat. “We must invest in poultry farming; this is the way to go because eggs are necessary to boost our immune systems and that’s why the demand has increased tremendously,’’ he said. Sun News