Professor Eustace Iyayi, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) has said that it was clear that the poultry sub-sector, the most commercialised of all of Nigeria’s agricultural sub-sectors, with a current net worth of N1.6 trillion, will play a significant role in contributing to the current government’s effort to create 100 million jobs. He stated this while addressing newsmen during a news conference tagged: ‘Nigeria Border Closure: Impact on the Livestock Sub-Sector, Food Security and Employment Generation”, adding that the multiplier effect of the border closure has also reflected on the upsurge in the operations along the value chain with regards to supply of inputs, storage facilities, transportation/logistics and value addition.
According to him, given Nigeria’s huge total feed output of 5.3 million metric tonnes in 2016, 80 per cent of the output was attributable to the poultry industry. He said: “With an estimated 180 million poultry population and annual output above 700,000 metric tonnes of eggs, that is about 450 million crates of eggs and 300,000 metric tonnes of meat, one can only imagine the several millions of direct and indirect jobs created by the industry in its entire value chain, in conjunction with its related ancillaries. It is indeed an almost endless web of commercial activities.” Daily Independent