Egg sellers task FG on funding
The Eggs Sellers and Distributors Association of Nigeria (ESDAN), has appealed to the Federal Government for funding to boost eggs production.
ESDAN National President, Mrs. Olaide Graham, who made the plea in Lagos, during the first anniversary of the body, which coincides with the World Egg Day, themed: Protein for Life, Graham, said egg is a basic source of protein for the human life and it should be available and affordable.
“We appeal to the Federal Government to help address the various challenges faced by our members in the areas of funding the egg production and distribution business. We want government to rise up to the challenge of finance in the area of reasonable capital for our major distributors and reliable eggs producing farms,” she added.
According to her, many poultry farmers lacked storage facilities as eggs have limited life span. She stated that the whole brunt is borne by the distributors and the end users; hence, quality control agencies should rise to the challenge.
Graham further explained that the goal of the association is to eradicate the old misconception that egg was food for the rich.
“This informed our intensive campaign of one egg per day, which we have vigorously emphasised in the last one year. The last one-year of our existence has been full of activities geared towards the achievements of our goals.
“Our campaign against sales of bad eggs in the market has been rewarding base on feedbacks from our consumers. We have so far given guidelines to producers and this has been reduced to greater extent. We seek government’s intervention in ensuring total eradication of low quality eggs from our markets.”
Speaking as a special guest at the event, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State, Kehinde Bamigbetan, promised to support the association in achieving their goal in agro initiative of the state government by facilitating a meeting of minds between the association and the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture.
He described egg as an important nutritional meal that a child needs to grow, adding that adult also knows that eggs play important role in a meal.
Commenting on the border closure policy, Bamigbetan said: “In the area of food sufficiency, what the Federal Government is saying is that Nigeria can feed itself. We don’t need to depend on any other country. Nigeria is a blessed country to feed itself. Nigerians are complaining of foreign competition. Government should assist and give local food manufacturers room to grow their business.”