Poultry farmers in Ilorin have
commended the Federal Government for banning
importation of chicken, which has increased
productivity and availability of markets.
The farmers, who spoke in separate interviews in
Ilorin on Sunday expressed their delight as
demand for chicken and other poultry products
increased following the ban.
A poultry farmer, Mr Samuel Ishola, whose farm
is located in Olunlade, a suburb of Ilorin, told NAN
that he witnessed a rise in demand of broilers
unlike few years back when he resulted into
begging people to buy.
Ishola said the government had done well to
encourage poultry farmers as the ban on
importation of chicken 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 everyday.
“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.
Another farmer, Mr Leke Ayoola, 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 increase 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 am happy that I have like 400 to 500 broilers
inside my poultry pen and I have customers that
always come for it.
“I sell to hotels, restaurants, private individuals as
they now prefer to buy the home- raised boilers.
They have come to appreciate freshness,’’ he
Another farmer, Alhaja Iyabo Ahmed in Kangu
area said most poultry farmers in the country
were encouraged to do more, as they
commended the initiative of the government in
prohibiting importation of chicken.
“Though there are some financial challenges but
we still try to make things work for our
customers,’’ she said.
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.
Ahmed said that agriculture would rescue Nigeria