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Poultry farmers seek exemption from movement restriction

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The Oyo State Chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has pleaded with Governor Seyi Makinde for a special consideration during the impending lockdown and restriction of movement in an effort to control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in the state.

The poultry farmers, who sought to be included in the list of those to be considered as rendering essential services during the lockdown period, said that the nature of their business warrants such an inclusion.

They also raised the alarm about the safety and security of their members on the farms, saying that four of their members were kidnapped recently in the course of going about their farm business.

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The farmers said that they needed protection so that they could ply their trade without threat to their safety and lives.

A policy analyst and agribusiness consultant, Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye, said: “Voice of these poultry farmers must be heard. Considering the aftermath of the lockdown, a special consideration for them will ensure that the consuming public would have stable supply of eggs and poultry meat later in the year and farmers would remain in business.

“Approving their request should not be regarded as undeserved privilege, but rather a necessity. Denying them could affect food and nutrition security outlook of Nigeria later in the year and could discourage investments in this critical area of our economy. It could also affect the revenue stream from the private sector.”

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