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Poultry farmers call for maize import licenses to prevent collapse of industry

Poultry Association of Nigeria, PAN, called on the FG to save the sector from what they termed as an imminent collapse facing the industry and urged for new maize import waivers as the landing cost of maize should not be above N200,000 per metric ton, but now a metric ton of maize costs about N600,000. 

They blamed the issue of egg gluts which has become an annual problem that has almost become permanent as purchasing power and demand have dropped drastically. 

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by PAN Lagos State Chairman, Mr Mojeed Iyiola,at in Lagos. 

FG’s efforts 

Mr Mojeed Iyiola appreciated FG for its previous efforts in the sector but called for a quick intervention over the unavailability and non-affordability of maize for feed production. 

They also added that the egg glut added with the reduced purchasing power means many farms are on the brink of collapse. 

PAN noted that without maize the poultry industry cannot exist, due to the high cost of maize for feed, most poultry farmers have closed shop because of the situation and called for import licenses of maize. 

PAN said it is seeking for long-term solution to the problems, by addressing the issue of banditry that affected the productivity of crop (maize and soya) farmers.