Nigerian poultry farmers have called on the presidency to remove import duty on imported poultry equipment’s, or reduce it to the minimum level.
Ogun state chairman of the poultry association of Nigeria (PAN), Doctor Lekan Odunsi, who made the call in Ilaro, at a news conference to mark the 2016 world egg day, said poultry equipment’s should attract low or zero import duty.
Odunsi said the scarcity of foreign exchange and the high interest on bank loans are discouraging farmers and new investment in the poultry sector
He also spoke on the increase in the price of the maize among other essential commodities that is impacting negatively on the poultry business.
The state pan chairman, represented by Mrs Blessing Alawode, the chairperson of the Remo Zone of the association, said failure by the Federal Government to intervene in the challenges facing the poultry farmers will eventually affect food supply, and increases the level of unemployment with long adverse effect on the economy.
Meanwhile, the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, has advised the presidency to introduce a three month compulsory farming into the National Youth Service Corp scheme to encourage the youths to key into its Agricultural Programme.
Oba Olugbenle who made the call while receiving the Ogun State Executive of the Poultry Association of Nigerian, in his palace in Ilaro, said if the presidency is serious about its diversification of the economy into Agriculture, youths must be co-opted into farming.