Nigerian poultry farmers bemoan rising costs of feeds, other consumables

*Some concerned poultry farmers in Jos, Plateau State of Nigeria have lamented the increase in prices of feeds and other consumables is fast sending them out of business

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Nigerian poultry farmers have lamented over the hike in prices of feeds and other consumables, thus sending many of them out of business, in Jos, Plateau State capital.

Some of the affected farmers, during a chat with reporters in Jos Sunday, February 21 said because many of the farmers could not bear the rising cost of the feeds, they “are gradually opting out of business.”

It was gathered Mr. Okopi Sule, a poultry farmer, stated that prices of the poultry business inputs have become outrageously high whereas the income from the business is becoming extremely low.

Sule said: “We now buy feeds at the cost of N4,600 instead of N3,300 and medication for the birds is now very expensive.

“We are all trying to remain in business and not to completely fold up.

Mike Uche, also a poultry farmer, noted that consumers’ purchasing power had dropped in the country, and very few families could afford chickens and eggs.

Mrs. Nanji Gambo, the Public Relations Officer of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Plateau State Chapter, also lamented that many members of the association have invested so much, but that such investments are wasting away due to low patronage as of now.

The association’s image maker urged the government to assist the poultry farmers in order to enable them to remain in the business.

It is recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari September 2020, announced the release of 30,000 tonnes of maize from the national reserves to animal feed producers in Nigeria.

Buhari stated the release of the input was a direct response by the Federal Government to deal with the high cost of poultry production in the country.

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