By Gbenga Akingbule.
There is palpable fear that actions being taken by the government to restrict movement to prevent the spread of Covid 19 pandemic may destroy the livestock industry in Nigeria, President of Poultry Association of Nigeria, Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim has said .
Mr Ibrahim said urgent measures should be considered by the Federal and State governments to relax or review restriction of movement for transporters of poultry products across the country .
The PAN President stated that both governments must see poultry products as an essential commodity and must employ urgent measures to grant exemptions to poultry farmers and transporters.
At a press conference in Maiduguri the Borno State Capital on Friday, Mr Ibrahim insisted that government at all levels must wake up to their responsibility and not to allow the Covid 19 to pandemic bring about hunger in the land .
The poultry farmer explained that the decisions so far taken by various state governments across the country is already having a negative impact of the poultry industry in the country .
According to him, ” The situation of poultry products market is not stable at the moment ,and if urgent steps are not taken to remove the restriction on the movement of vehicles conveying such critical poultry like Day- Old – Chicks (DOCs) , Meat and Eggs , Poultry Feeds and Drugs which are daily needed by Nigerians , the poultry industry which is on the path of becoming the mainstay on the Nigerian livestock industry might be completely destroyed
He said ” It is important to relax and make flexible the rules that restrict movement of all kinds of Vehicles and appealling to the Federal and state governments to adjust the regulations and allow transport- trucks and buses carrying inbound supplies or products of food , chicken and Day- Old – Chicks and other FMCG products to be allowed to operate to ensure supply continuity of essential products .”
Mr Ibrahim, however, advised his members across the country to observe biosecurity not only ob their farms but the entire poultry production value chain ” so that the poultry industry might not be confronted with any other challenge of strange disease outbreak ” .