The Feed Industry Practitioners Association of Nigeria (FIPAN), representing feed millers, has expressed concern about the future of the poultry industry in Nigeria.
Raymond Isidinaso, the President of FIPAN, addressed journalists and highlighted that the soaring prices of eggs, chicken, fish, and other poultry products are largely attributed to the scarcity of maize and soya bean. These two ingredients are essential in the production of poultry feed, and their shortage has resulted in increased costs.
According to his declaration, he emphasized that there would soon be a scarcity of eggs, chicken, and other livestock due to the unavailability and rising cost of maize and soya beans, which are crucial for livestock feed production.
In response to this, FIPAN has called upon the Federal Government for immediate intervention by releasing grains from the nation’s reserve in order to alleviate the challenges faced by the industry. The association also expressed concerns about the potential increase in unemployment if the industry were to collapse, as it currently contributes approximately forty-five percent of the nation’s labor force.
In an effort to mitigate the impending food crisis, Isindinaso, representing FIPAN, has put forth certain recommendations. These include demanding the immediate halt of soya bean seed exports and calling for intervention in the importation of maize for livestock feeds.