By Mike Adeyemi
An agriculturalist, Mr. Monzor Giwa, has said poultry production in Kwara State has suffered decline in recent time due to increase in price of feeds.
Giwa, the Human Resources Manager, Yammfy Farms Nigeria Ltd ,stated this during a chat with Pilot Business in Ilorin, the state capital, at the weekend.
“We had crisis and challenges when prices of raw materials skyrocketed, which forced many players in the poultry industry in the state to abandon the business,” he explained.
The farm manager noted that farmers in the state cannot meet up with the demand for poultry products due to the drop in productivity in the sector.
He stressed the need for the state government to strengthen the poultry sector and give incentives to farmers in the state to boost productivity.
Giwa, however, said poultry farmers in the state have benefitted loans from the state government to enhance their business, adding that there are plans to give out more credit facilities to the farmers.
Recall that the Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Kwara state chapter Mr. Oladapo Robinson, had revealed that state government is said to have injected about N500m into poultry farming in the state, in form of loans to boost production.
Giwa noted further that the state has comparative advantage in poultry product production, urging the state government to seize the opportunity to boost the state’s revenue.
Similarly, a poultry farmer, Dr. Mukaila Olaonipekun, charged livestock farmers in the state to maximise productivity through effective poultry management.
In an interview with our reporter at the weekend, he urged the state government to encourage more people to embrace farming by providing incentives and conducive environment for agric practices.