Stakeholders in the poultry sector converged in Abeokuta, Ogun State for this year’s international Poultry Show to exhibit their product, services and imbibe new techniques into the global trends and practices.
The National Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr Ayoola Oduntan informed NaijaAgroNet that the event serves as a business forum where participants learn new techniques, technology and recent advances in animal health and nutrition which will be beneficial to their farms.
“Nigerian poultry farmers will use the numerous opportunities in this show to build networks and to key into the best global trends and practices that will redefine poultry farming in the country,” Oduntan said.
Speaking on the occasion as the chairman, the former Minister for State Agriculture, Alhaji Adamu Waziri Maina, said that if the current campaign of “an egg a day” by the Poultry Association of Nigeria is achieved, 75 per cent consumption of poultry products will double in five years.
A guest speaker, Mr Kola Masha, who spoke on the need to increase the consumption of poultry products, said the theme “Doubling Consumption of Locally Produced Poultry Products in Five Years” is apt as Nigeria is seriously lagging behind in terms of the consumption of poultry products.
“The consumption of poultry products in Nigeria is only five per cent compared to South Africa’s 65 per cent and the Caribbean’s 85 per cent. Nigerians need to consume more poultry, which promotes the health of the nation,” Masha said.