Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Poultry Farmers Urge FG to Tackle Glut With Egg Powder Factory

Farmers from Erokorodo Poultry Farm Estate, Ikorodu, Lagos, have appealed to the federal and state governments to set up a factory for the production of egg powder in the country in order to boost the poultry value chain, enhance development, and reduce farmer losses during glut.

Farmers from Erokorodo Poultry Farm Estate, Ikorodu, Lagos, have appealed to the federal and state governments to set up a factory for the production of egg powder in the country in order to boost the poultry value chain, enhance development, and reduce farmer losses during glut.

The Chairperson of the Farm Estate, Mrs. Juliana Ibitoye, made this appeal in Lagos while speaking with journalists, stating that an egg powder factory would reduce the huge loss recorded in the value chain due to glut.

Egg glut affects the livelihood of egg farmers as it usually results in a decrease in the price of eggs as a result of an undesirable accumulation of table eggs in the farms or stores, due to an increase in the production of eggs and a decrease in the demand for them.

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Ibitoye disclosed that poultry farmers do experience huge losses due to gluts that do occur three times every year, while calling on the government to assist farmers either by buying the eggs off the farmers or finding a way of converting the eggs into powder form, as done in developed countries.

She explained that Nigeria is not doing well in the production of egg powder because of the high cost of the equipment, adding that there are only about two companies that are into it in Lagos.

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According to her, if the government can create an egg powder factory, it will promote development, create more jobs for the youth, and boost poultry production.

The chairperson narrated that the farm estate contains over 100 farmers and that having the factory will help them to put their eggs together and turn them into powder, which they can then sell within Nigeria to confectionaries, bakeries, and others, instead of having a glut and losing money.

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