The level of egg production in the country is drastically going down, a development that if not checked, could lead to acute shortage of eggs in the country, Chairman of Tuns Farm Nigeria Limited, Chief Kahmis Olatunde Badmus, has said.
Badmus, who spoke with the Press men in his farm along Ikirun Road in Osogbo, Osun State capital, said people were running away from eggs production because poultry business is capital intensive and requires a lot of care.
He said though the eggs currently being produced in Nigeria were enough to feed the nation, the fact that there has been no glut in the past two years must not be ignored.
Outlining some of the successes poultry farmers recorded in the country, Chief Badmus said: “There was a time ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo constructed a facility in his farm which targeted to have one million birds to be laying (eggs) on a daily basis. Two other poultry farmers also had target of producing one million eggs daily but the efforts were eventually scaled down and the target was discarded.
“There has been no encouragement to poultry farmers from federal government except a particular federal government scheme in which about 150 birds and some bags of feeds were given to some individuals.”
He said Osun State Government has tried by jumpstarting the Osun Broiler Out-grower Production Scheme which was a partnership project between his farm, Tuns Farm, and Osun State chapter of Poultry Association of Nigeria, adding that no agricultural project in the country can match that scheme.
“Poultry farmers in the state have made profit of over N260 million. The government has not lost its investment in the scheme as we have paid N170 million back to the state government out of the N300 million. The government even gained much because the farmers are paying N1 million every month which is going into the state Internally Generated Revenue.”
He said problem of inadequate egg production would not affect the business in his farm which is the certified supplier of chicken to Kentucky Fried Chicken and KFC.
“We have the parent stock that lay the eggs, we have hatchery where we hatch the day old chicks, we rear the birds in the farms, we provide the feeds, we slaughter the chickens in our plants and we market the final product,” he said.