The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Oyo state chapter has urged the executive governor of Oyo state, Engr. Seyi Makinde To please include eggs in the proposed COVID-19 palliatives of the state government.
PAN made this known through the chairman of the association, Mr. Gbemisoye Agboola, while featuring on a popular Yoruba agricultural programme “Oja-Agbe” on 32 FM Ibadan, between 11am-12noon today, Saturday April 25th, 2020; anchored by Afouda Samuel.
Agboola said, including eggs in the palliatives is very important because it’s a source of protein, immune booster and a complete balance ration tablets needed in a critical time like this, as palliative to the poorest of the poor as proposed by the Oyo state government in addition to Carbohydrate source of food that the state government is planning to distribute to vulnerables.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ségun Makanjuola, former PAN southwest secretary while also featuring on same programme said, Oyo state poultry farmers have lost over two billion Naira since the commencement of the pandemic, as the members of the association have buried eggs worth the said amount “#2billion” as a result of no demand.
Chief Azeez Maboreje, southwest farmers ambassador, who was also part of the programme said, this is the best time Oyo state farmers need the support of the state government, which if granted would be counted as fulfillment of one of the campaign promises Engr. Seyi Makinde made to farmers in Oyo state, especially in a debate that took place on the 16th of January, 2019; where Engr. Seyi Makinde promised to be supporting farmers in Oyo state if voted in, the interview which was used on the programme today.
In conclusion, Maboreje said, the government should not be scared about the fragility of eggs, as the poultry association members are experts in the business and know how to package is and deliver to the final consumer without any problem.