[Kwara]–Poultry farmers in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, are beginning to witness increase in sales and productivity since the Federal Government banned the importation of poultry products.
The farmers, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Sunday, commended the Federal Government for banning importation of poultry products, stating that this has increased the demand for chicken and other poultry products.
Mr. Leke Ayoola, a poultry farmer, described the ban on imported chicken as a blessing as every poultry farmer now had a market as demand increased for the livestock product.
Ayoola said he was forced to expand his poultry pen due to high patronage by the customers, adding that he extended his poultry farm to meet up with customers’ demand.
“Before, I use to raise like 200 to 300 broilers; but now I’m happy that I have like 400 to 500 broilers inside my poultry pen and I have customers that always come for it,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr. Samuel Ishola, whose farm is located in Olunlade, a suburb of Ilorin, said that he witnessed a rise in demand of broilers unlike few years back when he resulted into begging customers to buy.
Mr. Ishola said the government had done well with the ban on importation of chicken, which had forced a huge number of customers to patronise them.
“Since the ban on importation of turkey, I now witness a huge crowd that is now interested in my broilers every day.
“We the poultry farmers benefit a lot from that government policy as we feel encouraged and enjoy the way our customers now settle for the domestic chicken instead of opting for the imported,’’ he said.
A female farmer in Kangu area, Iyabo Ahmed, while commending the F.G’s effort, said the policy encouraged poultry farmers in the country to do more and satisfy the customers, regardless of some financial challenges.
Ahmed said the harsh weather was one of the major challenges faced by farmers during the hot season because the poultry birds did not adapt easily to heat.
She, however, called on the government to encourage students, unemployed graduates at all levels on agricultural practice, adding that the sector would rescue Nigeria from recession.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg