Members of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) have appealed to the Plateau State Government to intervene in mopping up eggs from the farmers so as to safe the industry from total collapse.
Chairman of the association, Mr. John Dasar, made the appeal in an interview, on Monday, in Jos, in view of the on-going egg glut recorded across the state.
About a week ago, the association had approached government through the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Linda Barau, and lodged it’s complain.
Dasar said that the price of egg had been on the decrease, while that of chicken feeds had been skyrocketing on a daily basis, making poultry farming an unfruitful venture.
He complained of the existence of a cabal in the market which was always mopping up eggs directly from farmers at giveaway prices for sales to consumers at exorbitant prices.
Dasar said that the outbreak of bird flu had done enough damage to the poultry industry in the state, adding that the current situation would do more harm to the industry if nothing was done to contain it urgently.
“We have serious egg glut presently in the state, and if nothing is urgently done, a lot of things will go wrong because some farms are at the verge of collapsing.
“The outbreak of bird flu has done more harm to the Poultry industry in the state already, and now with this, more farmers will be out of business.
“Everybody knows the importance and critical contributions of the poultry industry towards the economic growth of this state and the nation at large.
“It is only Plateau that a crate of egg goes for N700, while a bag of chicken feeds as at today goes for N3,700, making the poultry business largely unprofitable.
“So, we are pleading with government to help mop these eggs so as to help our farmers bounce back to business,’’ he said.
Dasar noted that the state stood the risk of losing huge revenues if the glut continued, adding that most farms would be forced to close down, thereby increasing the menace of unemployment in the state.
He said that if the association kept mute over the precarious situation, it would not be doing the government any good because the economy of the state would be greatly affected. (NAN)