A Poultry farmer, Dr. Olatunde Agbato, has charged Nigerians to appreciate the potentials in the egg industry, in order to create jobs and support the Federal Government’s policy on border closure. He said: “The potential for egg production is phenomenal in Nigeria and the country can create millions of jobs through egg production. It is a veritable way of lifting people out of poverty. China lifted over 700 million people out of poverty. About 20 years ago, people saw China as a country ridden with poverty, but today they are exporting eggs to other countries. We can encourage local production. China closed its borders for several years.
“After independence, India closed its borders. Today, India is a world power. We need to close our borders. We need to endure some pains to reap gains. But everything has been politicised. We need to get our acts right if we want to move out of poverty.”
Agbato who is the President, Animal Care Services Consult, disclosed that Nigeria has not been able to meet up with eggs demand in the country, noting that supply is astronomically lower than demand. Guardian