NIGERIA POULTRY INDUSTRY RAISES ALARM OVER MAIZE SCARCITY..
Written by admin on August 13, 2020
Nigeria Poultry Industry has appealed to President MUHAMMADU BUHARI and the Nigeria Governor’s Forum to immediately reverse the Federal Government’s policy stopping the importation of maize.
The Chairman of Poultry Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, Mr AGBOOLA GBEMISOYE stated this in Ibadan while addressing journalists at the NUJ Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan with some leaders and members of the Association.
GBEMISOYE noted that it is imperative for President BUHARI to relax the ban on importation of maize for a period to improve grain reserve across the country. He noted that COVID 19 has sent many Farmers to early grave and some poultry concerns already on the verge of collapse as the price which was 80 Naira per kilogram in March, 2020 has crept to 180 Naira per kilogram today.
He also explained the effect of the policy banning maize importation at the time which may collapse the industry knowing that both live stock and humans consume maize. ” President Muhammadu Buhari should release the grain reserve across the country and release available palliatives to cushion the effect of maize scarcity to teeming suffering grass root farmers to make the grain available for feed production while making efforts to increase local production”.