Mr Tunji Adenola, the National President of Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), says poultry industries across the country are closing down because of shortage of maize for poultry feeds production. Adenola, who revealed this in an interview in Abuja, however, called for urgent government intervention in order not to allow poultry feeds imports to flood country’s markets.
“We, as a nation, are at a crossroads on the issue of inadequate maize production, resulting in excessive prices and regular importation of this essential raw material that is critical to food and feeds industries across the nation. “Today, the poultry industry is almost in a comatose because maize is in short supply; I have seen many poultry farms that have closed down, and this has to be reversed. The poultry industry must be revived and we have a lot of role to play here.
“I believe the atmosphere is right now for maize farmers to take this decisive and bold step, as we have all suffered from the effect of last year’s maize shortage and now that government is diversifying the country’s economy with tangible emphasis on agriculture.
“I will like to suggest to those working in the maize value chain to proffer a workable, non-theoretical but practical approach which will be business-oriented to enable us to become self-sufficient in maize production, with surplus for exports,’’ he said.