Egg glut: Poul­try farm­ers seek Plateau govern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos

Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (PAN), Plateau State chap­ter, has ap­pealed to the Plateau State Govern­ment and other stake­hold­ers to buy sur­plus eggs pro­duced in the state.

Vice Chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Mr Hy­a­cienth Na’an­miap, who made the call in a chat with news­men in Jos, said that egg glut was af­fect­ing their busi­ness.

Daily Trust re­calls that there was egg glut in 2012, which led the state govern­ment to in­ter­vene by re­leas­ing N30 mil­lion for a mop up.

Na’an­miap saidd that the glut was al­most be­com­ing a yearly oc­cur­rence in the state be­cause of the weather con­di­tion which “makes the birds to thrive and pro­duce more eggs,” adding: “As a re­sult, there are so many large and small scale poul­try farms all over the state.’’

He noted that the price of crate of eggs which was be­ing sold for be­tween N680 and N700 in Fe­bru­ary this year has crashed to about N400 be­cause of ex­cess pro­duc­tion.

He lamented, how­ever, that in spite of the rad­i­cal drop in the price, there were still no buy­ers.

“In spite of the drop in price, the cost of feed­ing the birds is still very high be­cause a bag of poul­try feed, depend­ing on the brand, still goes for be­tween N1, 950 to N2, 250,” he added.

While com­mend­ing the govern­ment for pre­vi­ous in­ter­ven­tions, Na’an­miap, sug­gested the in­tro­duc­tion of a re­volv­ing fund through the Poul­try Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

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