Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Poultry business will be given necessary government attention so as to maximise the potential of the industry, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said Osinbajo spoke yesterday while receiving a delegation of Poultry Association of Nigeria which paid him a courtesy visit yesterday in his office at the State House in Abuja.
Akande said Osinbajo wondered why poultry business seemed to have been ignored even as agriculture was on resurgent.
The acting president acknowledged the need to address some of the challenges facing the industry because of the significant of its contribution to the country’s economy.
The National President of the association, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, told the acting president that poultry business was a trillion naira industry which had the potential to create jobs and provide economic empowerment to Nigerians.
He asked government to compensate poultry farmers affected by the avian influenza, reduction of production high cost.
He also pleaded with government to make sure that foreign exchange made available for machinery and critical inputs of the industry.