SON tasks poultry farmers on processing, value-chain activities
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged poultry farmers in the country to invest in egg powder production as one way out of the prevailing egg glut in the market.
Director-General of SON, Osita Aboloma gave the advice in Kaduna at a training organised by SON for Poultry Farmers Association, Kaduna Chapter and stakeholders in the industry.
Aboloma who was represented at the event by the agency’s Kaduna State coordinator, Dalami Datti, said the workshop was aimed at assisting stakeholders achieve best practices in the sector, including value addition, which also had a way of impacting on demand thereby enhancing growth.
According to him, processing eggs into powder would help to reduce glut and price competition in the system, thereby enabling farmers have competitive price for their produce.
He said it would also create more jobs and industries, adding that SON was ready to assist farmers in the regard. On the training, Aboloma said the objective was to ensure that farmers adhered to the basic standards in poultry farming especially with particular reference to production, grading and storage.
He added: “We want farmers to know that there are standard rules to adhere to and best practices that can help advance the sector. It is in the interest of both the farmers and consumers of the product”.
The DG also charged farmers on the need to ensure that effective packaging and grading of eggs for sale are adhered to, adding that, “sorting helps to ensure that eggs of the same size are packaged in the same place. This will bring order and help consumers have value for their money”.
He stressed that the SON was ready to support farmers as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to improve standards, build their capacity and to sell, so that the job creation aspirations of the current administration would be achieved.
In his reaction, the Kaduna state chapter Chairman of the PAN, Ishaku Dogo, expressed happiness that SON was able to come up with the training, saying it had opened their eyes to pertinent standardisation issues concerning their sector.
He said they had come to realise that standards had a role to play in their success in poultry business, therefore imploring the SON to replicate the training in other states of the federation, so that more farmers would be better informed.
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