The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the Federal Government to allow free duty charge on imported poultry equipment that are not produced locally.
The farmers association called for a reversal of the current practice where five per cent import duty is charged on all agricultural equipment brought into the country.
PAN’s National President, Ezekiel Mam, made the call on Monday while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
According to him, the poultry industry in Nigeria has enough potential that could be harnessed to reposition Nigeria’s economy.
He, therefore, called for better agricultural policies in the country, further stressing on the need for increased funding, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural research institutes.
Mam said, “The poultry industry in Nigeria is a major player in the agricultural value chain as we uptake about 40 per cent of maize and 60 per cent of soybeans produced in the country.
“We are also the major off-takers of rice bran, wheat offal, groundnut cake and others. With our continued determination to create awareness and increase the per capita consumption of poultry products among Nigerians by 50 per cent, we are set to create a new revolution in the entire agricultural value chains.”
The association head also urged the Federal Government to maintain the total ban on imported frozen poultry products.
He also asked that the government implement stricter measures to act as a deterrent.
On the need for improved policies, the national president also called for a reduction in the percentage of interest on borrowed loans.
He noted that pegging the interest rate at 3% would encourage private sector investment in the poultry sub-sector.