Immediate past national president of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr Ayoola Oduntan, yesterday, disclosed that over N2.5billion worth of locally produced frozen chicken were languishing in cold rooms for lack of adequate patronage in the country.
Oduntan regretted that 75 per cent of chicken consumed in Nigeria were smuggled into the country thereby limiting patronage and consumption of local products.
He spoke yesterday while delivering a speech at the Nigeria poultry show held at the Providence Event Centre, Abeokuta.
He pointed out that with the smuggling activities some powers-that-be are “feeding fat from the joblessness of youth” while other countries’ economies are being strengthened.
Oduntan said “poultry is a trillion naira business in Nigeria. 75 percent of chicken consume in this country is smuggled in. Millions of jobs have been given to people in other countries while our youths are rooming round unemployed. N2.5bn worth of frozen chicken is languishing in cold rooms all around Nigeria, produced in Nigeria by Nigerian farmers, while the people that are smuggling this are feeding
fat from the joblessness of our people.
“Our medical practitioners have also refused to appreciate the fact that the countries that have expectancy of age of over 80 are recommending an egg a day whereas we continue to convince anybody
above 40 that eating an egg a day is bad for our health.
The keynote speaker and president of Animal Care Services Konsult (Nig) Limited, Dr Olatunde Agbato, said the era supernormal profits and big booms were over as only “efficient producers with advantages of economies of scale are likely to remain in the business.”
He challenged farmers to increase their productivity and remain committed to standard by seeking knowledge to keep them in line with global best practices.