Nigeria has Enough Birds – There is no Need for Import

Nigeria has 180 million birds which can meet its poultry needs, and has no need for imported poultry or poultry products.

This is according to the National Veterinary Research Institute.

The NVRI Executive Director, Ahmed Mohammed who made the disclosure in Vom, Plateau State, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria said 120 million of the birds were rural poultry in backyards, while 50 million birds were commercial poultry in formal poultry outfits.

He explained that “the commercial poultry are layers and broilers, while the backyard birds are usually for domestic consumption and small scale sales”.

He however stressed that Nigeria did not need imported poultry because more Nigerians were investing in the industry, which had made the country self-sufficient in that sector.

According to him aside the poultry, the country have lots of livestock to complement meat and protein needs.

He further postulated that from latest records, Nigeria has 22 million cattle, 40 million sheep, and 50 million goats, thus, endorsing  the ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products.

The executive director believes it is in order and should be strictly enforced to encourage local production.

The NVRI boss therefore challenged poultry producers to see the ban as an opportunity to promote self-sufficiency, more local wealth and employment stating that they can improve on their capacities by accessing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) agricultural loans being shared to farmers by all commercial banks.

He revealed that the loans are very easy to access and the process is much easier for poultry farmers because the returns on poultry are faster.

In the same vein, he urged state and federal governments to encourage home-grown poultry by helping farmers to access vaccines for NDVI 2 disease, the main disease that usually  kills rural poultry.

 

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