Poultry Industry Can Revamp Economy, Create More Jobs
• Distributes Eggs To Kano Schools
The National President, Poultry Association of Nigeria, PAN, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan has said that the poultry industry have the capacity of generating a total sum of a trillion naira annually if it enjoys the appropriate support and commitment from government and people of Nigeria.
Oduntan said that the industry, which engages more than five million Nigerians in its value chain has all it takes to reduce the level of unemployment, eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
At this year’s world egg day at the weekend, Oduntan said that an egg a day for 50 per cent of Nigerian population will produce a daily economic value of N1.7 billion, “It is estimated that each Nigerians eats an average of 65 eggs per year and the industry produces about 1 billion eggs per annum valued at approximately N220 billion.”
“An egg a day for 50 per cent of Nigerian population will produce a daily economic value of 1.7 billion while an annual revenue from egg sales will be N620 billion. If per capital consumptions of eggs increased to 100 eggs per person yearly, then annual revenue would be N340 billion.
“Aside from breast milk, eggs have the highest protein biological value. It contains the perfect combination of protein, vitamins and minerals. Egg contains other very important nutrients such as selenium, folate, riboflavin, choline and lutein.”
On his part, the Director General of the Association, Onallo Akpa urged the present administration lead by President Mohammd Buhari to ensure inclusion of an egg a day per Nigerian child in the school feeding programme.
In Kano, the association distributed several hundreds crates of egg to some secondary schools in Kano to mark the Day.
Schools that benefited from the gesture include one private secondary school, Intercontinental School, Farm Centre, boys public school, Government Secondary School Tarauni and one girls school, Giginyu Girls Secondary school, within Kano metropolitan area.
The head of the delegation that distributed the eggs, Muhammad Aminu Adamu, who represented the National President of the association, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, revealed that they made the offer to encourage students and others to participate in poultry farming.
He urged, “All relevant government agencies including Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Information, Women Development, Youth and Sports to launch campaigns encouraging consumption of an egg a day, by children and adults.”