By Abubakar Zaharaddeen Kano
Chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Kano state chapter, Umar Usman Kibiya has on Thursday called on Federal Government to as a matter of urgency address the unfortunate challenge of maize scarcity in local silos, markets and farms, which according to him has halted the production poultry products.
Kibiya who spoke to journalists in Kano, expressed fear that maize scarcity may lead to the fall and high job loss in the country, “I want to urged Federal Government to order the release of maize to the farmers from the federal silos, he added that this would be the only solution to the problem.”
“This is the high time Federal Government would make use of the reserves in the silos as it will help boost economy and job opportunities – as government focus on massive production during this farming season.”
The chairman however called upon federal government to reconsider its arrangements of boosting agricultural activities in the country by supporting crop farmers with modern machinery and fertilizers.
He said federal government can alternatively partner with relevant bodies and stakeholders to ensure the availability of maize in local markets, homes, for domestic and poultry farm consumption to salvage the industry from collapsing.
“Government should encourage those that have maize stocked with them to bring it out and rescue the economy because this issue may lead small business operators and farmers to no longer have strength to run their activities due to the rise in cost of production. Many of the small backyard farmers will have no choice but to exit the business – and that would be tragic.”
He said that once local broiler farmers who have enjoyed good patronage hitherto as a result of the ban of importation of frozen chicken exit their businesses, they definitely would lose source of their livelihood.
“Not only poultry farmers will suffer the consequences of maize scarcity and poultry products in Nigeria, other members of the value chain e.g: Feed producers or Millers, Grains and Seed Traders, Veterinary and Drug Vendors etc, thus the Nigeria’s economy could be at risk if not remedied in time.”