The Federal Government has assured stakeholders in the poultry industry that it is committed to providing them relief measures.
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, according to a release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Laolu Akande gave this assurance during a second meeting held within a week with the stakeholders in the ailing agricultural sub sector.
The poultry industry has been bedeviled by an outbreak of Avian Influenza which affected almost 4 million birds in 2015, among other challenges.
“The poultry industry is a local industry that needs to be protected urgently,” the Acting President said at the meeting where specific measures were tabled and considered on how the FG can be of help.
Osinbajo noted that the poultry industry should be a major plank of the agriculture sector even as he assured that the government would give it all the help it deserves.
He maintained that support for the local industry would check poultry related importation which is currently a drain on the country’s Foreign Exchange could be a thing of the past.
The leader of the delegation of the Poultry Association of Nigeria at the meeting, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, remarked that poultry contributes 25% of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product of the Nigerian economy which amounts to N1.6Trn.