The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) says it is partnering with maize farmers to ensure production of quality poultry feeds to reduce high cost of poultry production in the country.
Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, the National President of PAN, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
Ibrahim said the partnership was a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) programme through the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
The president stated that the partnership would enable poultry farmers to off-take (buy off) maize from the farmers.
According to him, NIRSAL is going to guarantee farmers supply the input “and we will off-take. “
“As an association, we went into partnership with the maize farmers association of Nigeria because we believe that if we are able to bring down the cost of production, many Nigerians will be able to afford it and encouraged to eat poultry products.
“This is a CBN programme through NIRSAL which going to guarantee the farmer to supply the input and we will off-take.
“Our own is that, the quality should be good and they have tried to give the maize farmers improved seeds, good fertiliser to facilitate good production.
“We are starting this partnership soon and this will help our members,’’ he said.
Ibrahim said that the association had also entered into agreement with the Family Doctors’ Association to help sensitise and research on the benefits of eggs consumption.
He said that the result of the research would be explained, scientifically, to the people.
On payment of compensation to farmers whose farms were affected by avian influenza (birdflu) in the country, he said government had paid about N1.8 billion to poultry farmers across the country.
The national president, however, expressed regret that most poultry farmers who benefitted from the compensation payment were not registered members of the association.
He said that the association would organise a national seminar to sensitise would-be investors on the rudiments, dos and dons in poultry production.
Ibrahim advised poultry farmers to maintain adequate standards and bio-security system to avoid outbreak and spread of diseases in poultry farms across the country.
“We are trying to sensitise people on what they are supposed to do.
“We try to register so that we can have standards and bio-security system that will help in minimising or avoid diseases in poultry production.’’