The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) says Nigeria is the largest poultry egg producer in Africa, with an annual production of 650 tonnes. It also said Nigeria’s poultry population of 180 million birds is the second-largest in Africa.
Prof Eustace Iyayi, the Registrar of the institute, disclosed recently in Abuja at a news conference held in preparation for the Joint Annual Meeting of the NIAS and Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN). The conference, scheduled for September 5th to September 9th 2021 in Uyo, has been themed: Livestock resilience in the post-COVID era.
Iyayi noted that Nigeria produced 300 tonnes of poultry meat yearly as well as contributing 25 per cent to the agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He disclosed that no fewer than 85 million Nigerians were involved in poultry agribusiness along the value chain. The registrar, however, noted that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry had been phenomenal with steep losses reported by farmers. According to him, the feed sector has not been spared as two essential ingredients, maize and soybeans have been in short supply. He also stated that soybeans and maize cultivation and importation has reduced drastically, which further compounds the problems of the industry. Daily Trust