The Feed Industry Practitioners Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal government to save the poultry and animal feed industries from imminent collapse due to the short supply and rising cost of maize in the industry
President of the association, Dr Folarin Afelumu who made the call at a news briefing in Lagos commended the policies of the federal government in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development aimed at promoting the non-oil sector.
He called for intervention in the high costs of production and the low profitability in the animal feed and poultry businesses.
Dr. Afelumu emphasised the urgent need for government to release the nation’s strategic grains reserve of maize as failure to do so would lead to more feed mills shutting down owing to non-availability of maize supply at reasonable price.
On his part, ertswhile Chairman, Poultry Association, Lagos State Chapter, Mr Lanre Bello said government should be more committed to effective maize production as was done in the case of rice to promote the sub-sector for self-sufficiency.
A member of the association and director of a feed mill company, Dr. Agboola Belgore who noted that the livestock sector had been a private-led venture, said it had always been collaborative efforts with government to make the industry better, adding that government should check the rising cost of maize to keep the business alive.
Another member of the Feed Industry Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Mr. Oyewale Oladapo stressed that the government must quickly look into their situation before it’s too late because if the breeder stocks should collapse due to the crisis, it will take the country a minimum of 2 to 3 years to recover the industry to the present capacity even when the maize becomes available
Over 100 members of the feed industry practitioners association of Nigeria trooped out to make the appeal to the government.