August 11, 2022


Insecurity, inflation pressure poultry farms in Katsina, Nigeria, into shutdown



Poultry farmers in Katsina, Nigeria, have lamented how the problems of insecurity and inflation are forcing the closure of their farms in the state.


The chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN; Katsina State Chapter), Alhaji Musa Rabe Danhassan, said the problem was affecting a lot of families and exacerbating the problem of unemployment in the state.


"I would like to inform the world, particularly our leaders both at national and state levels, about the unfortunate situation which we found ourselves in Katsina state, as far as poultry keeping is concerned, that forced over 40% of our farms to close down," Danhassan said.


"Three major factors are responsible. One: the problem of insecurity which has gone beyond the 11 frontline LGAs but affects suburbs of the state capital. Our members are afraid of going to the farms for fear of being kidnapped or killed.


"The other two factors are the economic hardship in the country and the high cost of production due to inflation as prices of all commodities have gone very high."


Danhassan added that apart from the problem of unemployment caused by the closure of the farms, the problem will affect grain farmers negatively as the manure produced by such poultry farms was reducing the effect of the high cost of fertiliser on farmers.


He added that if production is drastically reduced, the supply will equally be reduced and that will amount to high cost of the poultry products.


- Daily Trust

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