Ogun poultry farmers lament smuggling, multiple taxes
The Poultry Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter, has lamented that smuggling of poultry products, especially chicken and broilers and multiple taxation and levies are threatening poultry farming in the state.
The chairman of the farmers in the state, Blessing Alawode, said PANOG members were groaning due to the inability to get adequate patronage of Nigerians for their products due to the smuggling of chicken and broilers into the country.
He also complained of high cost of production and bureaucratic hurdles in perfecting titles and getting necessary government approvals such as Certificate of Occupancy and Environmental Impact Assessment, among others.
She expressed the need to enforce farm registration at no cost to farmers to be driven by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with PANOG.
“Currently there is no reliable data and until we have such, there may not be a sustainable plan or growth.”
He however lauded the state governor for his plan to drive the agric sector to ensure food security and create employment with a view to improving the socio-economic lives of the people.
She said, “We are willing to work closely with the government in actualising the schools feeding programme and establishing Egg Powdering Plant within the shortest possible period.
“Closely following that is the Private Public Partnership to set up an egg powder processing plant as we are the largest producers of eggs in the country.”