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Young Egg Leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges of the future

The IEC Young Egg Leaders Programme brings together highly motivated future leaders from egg businesses around the world to support their professional development. In our final article in the series, current YEL’s Michael Griffiths, New Product Development Manager at Oakland Farm Eggs, UK, and Opeyemi Agbato, Executive Director Animal Health and Husbandry at Animal Care, Nigeria, share their views on the future challenges, threats and opportunities the egg industry may face.

What is the biggest untapped opportunity for the egg industry?

Michael: I believe there are lots of untapped opportunities for our industry. On the go and convenience products have witnessed significant growth in recent years as people look for convenience in their day to day lives. Although COVID will have impacted this in the short term, as less people commute to the office, it has also made people re-evaluate their health, and I believe there is a huge opportunity for eggs and egg products to provide a healthy and convenient source of nutrition.

Opeyemi: New research continues to showcase the reasons that eggs should be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. I believe there are more opportunities for this to be done on a regional level, which would enable producers to showcase the health benefits of eggs based on local populations and demographics.

What are the top business issues on your mind?

Michael: One of the biggest business issues on my mind at the moment is the implications of the move to cage free production in the UK and the future of enriched colonies. These decisions will have a huge impact on egg production businesses in the UK, and I believe it is important that we are able to have open and honest conversations about the environmental and welfare impact of all systems to enable consumers to have the option to make their own informed choices.

Opeyemi: One of the biggest business issues on my mind is how we maintain year-round sales of eggs to avoid large gluts which impact prices. I believe it is important for us to look at new opportunities to reduce fluctuations, whether that be through promotions, exportation or potential preservation techniques, such as freezing, which could be used to support a more consistent price throughout the year.

What are the key threats for the egg industry?

Michael: Avian disease remains a key threat to our industry, particularly Avian Influenza. As we continue to face pressure in the UK to move away from enriched colony production to free range systems this threat becomes even larger, which is often overlooked. The health of our birds continues to remain the top priority for egg producers around the world, and I believe it is important that considerations such as disease threat are taken in to account when decisions made outside of the industry impact our production systems.

Opeyemi: Feed Input price instability and unavailability has been a major threat. Low yield of vital grains such as maize and soy beans compared to industrial demand, driving production costs very high which is transferred to egg prices. This has been due to insecurity in the rural farming areas which has also discouraged investment in mechanization and other efficient farming practices that could improve productivity. Farm lands are underutilized during the planting seasons, leading to scarcity. Another threat to the industry is the misguided perception of the role of eggs on our health. Historic claims around cholesterol continue to circulate in some regions, despite more recent scientific evidence showing that eggs do not negatively impact cholesterol levels. I believe as an industry we all have a role to help promote the value of the eggs, and showcasing the high standards eggs are produced to can aide this.

Dr Opeyemi Agbato is the current PRO of Poultry Association of Nigeria Ogun State

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PANOG eventually got allocation of 2,200 metric tons maize allocation from the 10,000 metric tons allocated to PAN South West from CBN.
After due deliberation, the Central Executives hereby propose guidelines below as modalities for sharing within our members:

  1. Payment of 2021 and 2020 (where relevant) annual due by the farmer. Amended annual dues as shown below.
  2. Zonal Chairman’s approval of the farmer
  3. Minimum order per allottee of 30tons for ease of logistics (2 or 3 farmers can be encouraged to merge together but payment shall be made by only one farmer and the mergers shall be at the discretion of the farmers)
  4. Payment for the maize shall be made directly to CBN account with evidence made available to the Zonal Coordinator and the State Secretariat ( This is subject to ongoing discussion with CBN/SWPAN).
  5. Payment of agreed logistics and subcharges shall be made directly into PANOG’S current account.
  6. A payment window of not later than 5 days after announcement of maize allotment
  7. Past activities of member with the association.
    Zonal Chairmen should take the above as an invitation for their member’s application.

All applications from zones should be collated and submitted to the state Secretariat through the General Secretary or the Admin Secretary not later than noon of Monday, 22th February while final allocation will be announced from the Central Executives later same Monday

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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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