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Nigeria: Border Closure Helps Poultry Industry

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The Nigerian land border closure with nearby countries has helped the Nigerian poultry industry save about #50 billion since the start of the closure in October.

This announcement was made by an official, the Registrar and the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) Mr. Eustace Iyayi, He made this clear at a news conference in Abuja tagged “Nigerian Border Closure: impact on Livestock Sub-sector, Food Security and Employment Generation”.

Speaking at the news conference Mr. Iyayi said the multiplier outcome of the border closure has greatly impacted the supply of inputs, transportation, storage/warehousing, and value addition, stated that poultry industry in Nigeria bear 80 percent of Nigerian total huge feed output of 5.3 million metric tonnes in 2016, and with millions of direct and indirect jobs created by the industry in its whole value chain, in combination with its related subordinates.

Mr. Iyayi in his speech said development could go beyond the present calculated annual rate by taking control of local market adding that it is completely cleared poultry industry, the most commercialized of all Nigeria’s agricultural sub-sector with a net worth of 1.6 trillion, and will play important role by helping the government’s effort to establish 100 million job opportunities.

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) said the restriction of importation through Nigeria’s border by the Federal Government has helped attenuate illicit and illegal importation of chicken foods into Nigeria.

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