An egg-a-day will hatch N620bn for Nige­ria an­nu­ally

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - By Vin­cent A. Yusuf, (Abuja) & Ibrahim Musa Giginyu, (Kano)

The Na­tional Pres­i­dent of Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (PAN), Dr. Ay­oola Odun­tan said N620 bil­lion will be in­jected into the na­tion’s econ­omy if ev­ery Nige­rian con­sumes an egg a day

The PAN Pres­i­dent while mark­ing the World Egg Day in Abuja noted that an egg per day for 50 per cent of Nige­ri­ans will pro­duce daily eco­nomic value of N1.7 bil­lion.

Dr. Odun­tain said Nige­ria cur­rently con­sumes 70 pieces of egg per per­son an­nu­ally, while coun­tries like China records 370 pieces of egg per per­son an­nu­ally while South Africa records 134 pieces of egg con­sump­tion per per­son an­nu­ally.

“An egg a day for 50 per cent of Nige­rian pop­u­la­tion will pro­duce daily eco­nomic value of N1.7 bil­lion. An­nual rev­enue from egg sales will be N620 bil­lion. If per capita con­sump­tion of eggs in­creases to 100 eggs per per­son per year, then an­nual rev­enue would be N340 bil­lion,” the PAN Pres­i­dent stressed.

Dr. Odun­tan fur­ther said that the egg in­dus­try in Nige­ria pro­duces about 1 bil­lion eggs per an­num val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately N220 bil­lion.

He lamented that de­spite grow­ing poul­try in­dus­try there is ap­prox­i­mately 1.7 mil­lion mal­nour­ished Nige­rian chil­dren which is 10 per cent of the global mal­nour­ished pop­u­la­tion, a sit­u­a­tion he said could be halted with egg-a-day pol­icy.

“Aside from breast milk, eggs have the high­est pro­tein bi­o­log­i­cal value. Eggs are the best fol­low up to breast milk in chil­dren as it con­tains mix of es­sen­tial amino acids”, he added.

He ap­pealed to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to in­clude an egg per Nige­rian child in the school feed­ing pro­gram.

He also ad­vo­cated for the ini­ti­a­tion of eggs and egg prod­ucts as part of the feed­ing pro­gram of the Nige­rian Mil­i­tary and var­i­ous peace­keep­ing oper­a­tions all over the world.

In Kano, our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (PAN) has urged author­i­ties con­cerned to in­clude an egg a day per Nige­rian child in the school feed­ing pro­gram of Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion as a mea­sure of elim­i­nat­ing malnutrition among over one mil­lion acutely mal­nour­ished Nige­rian chil­dren.

Speak­ing at the event mak­ing the World Egg Day, Kano State PAN pa­tron Muham­madu Aminu Adamu stated that it will help in elim­i­nat­ing hunger, food in­se­cu­rity and malnutrition as it is be­lieved to be a unique item filled with the best pro­teins, vi­ta­mins and min­eral.

He added that the Nige­rian cur­rent per capita con­sump­tion is about 65 eggs ac­cord­ing to him the Egg in­dus­try pro­duces about 1 bil­lion eggs per an­num val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately N220 bil­lion.

Mal­lam Adamu em­pha­sizes that an egg per day for 50% of the Nige­rian pop­u­la­tion will pro­duce a daily eco­nomic value of N1.7 bil­lion and an­nual rev­enue from Egg sales will be N620, 000,000.

Re­act­ing to PAN’s de­mand Spe­cial Ad­viser to Kano state Gover­nor on ed­u­ca­tion Dr. Bakari Ado Muk­tar said the state gov­ern­ment has re­view ed its feed­ing pro­vi­sions with an in­crease in mon­e­tary al­lo­ca­tion , es­pe­cially in the board­ing schools.

Some crates of eggs from Jos

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