OGUN State Government has assured that it will provide poultry farmers in the State with maize and soya beans which are major ingredients for feeds.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina made the disclosure while hosting the newly elected executive members of PAN in his office in Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta.
Odedina expressed the state’s readiness to support poultry farmers under the auspices of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), to retain its place as the largest producer of egg in Nigeria.
He also commended the Association’s contribution to palliative materials given in the state during COVID-19 lockdown.
The commissioner described them as the most well organised stakeholders in poultry value-chain, assuring that the government would continue to strengthen the industry.
Also, he disclosed government’s readiness to empower rural women with 50 broilers each while opening more opportunities to commercial poultry farmers.
“We have been meeting with stakeholders in poultry value-chain activities and we will continue to do the needful to strengthen the industry. The State Government is ready to revive all moribond poultry facilities across the state in order to replicate broiler projects in all the 20 Local Government Areas”, he assured.
Earlier,Chairman, PAN,Ogun State Chapter, Mr Idowu Asonuga, said the COVID-19 pandemic and barn on importation of maize have affected poultry and egg businesses across the country.
To this end, he sought the intervention of the State Government towards the availability of maize and soya beans.
He also appealed for adequate data of stakeholders in agric value-chain which according to him the Association needed for planning and expansion of its activities.