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Shortage of raw materials crippling poultry sector — NIAS

Acute shortage of maize and soybean has been identified as the main factor crippling the poultry sector in Nigeria.

The Registrar/CEO, Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Professor Eustace Iyayi, who disclosed this while addressing stakeholders during a collaborative meeting held with Premier Agribusiness Academy (PAA) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, said, the unavailability of quality and affordable livestock feed to farmers can be attributed to the shortfall in local production of maize and soybean in the country.

According to him, it became imperative for NIAS to pay attention to livestock feed production in order to avoid livestock starvation, unprofitability, and indebtedness of farmers, especially those still struggling to remain in business.

He pointed out that the solution to this lingering scarcity and the high price of maize and soybean is to increase local production through farmers’ participation.

Iyayi explained that, if farmers can be properly trained on global best practices in feed production, individual farmers will be able to independently make quality feeds needed for their livestock consumption.

The DG, PAA, Francis Toromade said the academy is ready to help train farmers on global impactful practices (MIP) in maize and soybean production with the assistance of IITA.

According to him, IITA is renowned for quality research, which has helped transform and develop agriculture practices all over the world.

Speaking on behalf of IITA, the Head, Capacity Development Office, Sougrynoma Zainatou Soré expressed readiness to work with PAA and NIAS by supplying research documents used by IITA in improving its yield per hectare for soybean production and maize.

Source: The Guardian

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Poultry Industry In Nigeria Faces Imminent Collapse, To Lose N1 Trillion Annually – Chairman

The Poultry Association of Nigeria, (PAN), on Tuesday raised alarm of imminent collapse of Poultry Industry in Nigeria as a result of the ban placed on importation of maize .
Raising the alarm at a press conference held at the Oyo State NUJ, through the Oyo state PAN Chairman, Mr Agboola Gbemisoye said the Poultry industry now on the brink of a dangerous precipice may lose about N1trillion this year and annually and as well as witnessing one million job loss. Mr Gbemisoye emphasized that there is no doubt in the fact that the present dearth of maize in Nigeria presently threatening the survival of poultry industry in the country, adding that something has to be done by the government to help salvage the industry as well as prevent the imminent collapse of poultry industry.

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Border Closure: “Nigeria saved N50 billion from Poultry Industry” – NIAS

Following the Federal Government’s decision to temporarily close the land borders, Nigeria has saved about N50 billion naira from the poultry industry since the policy took flight in October. Prof. Eustace Iyayi, the Registrar of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), made the revelation during a news conference in Abuja themed “Nigeria border closure: Impact on the livestock sub-sector, food security and employment generation.”

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