Nigerian Poultry Farmers Grapple With $3b Annual Loss From Counterfeit Inputs

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News in brief:
– Nigerian poultry farmers are grappling with an annual $3 billion loss due to agricultural input counterfeiting and poor quality.

– To address this challenge, Farmsured Technology has been introduced as a revolutionary tool to verify the authenticity and quality of day-old chicks, providing farmers with high-quality inputs, valuable insights, and improved traceability.

Nigerian poultry farmers are facing a staggering $3 billion annual loss due to rampant agricultural input counterfeiting and poor quality.

This alarming statistic emerged during a convergence hosted by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and Promex Multi-Services Nigeria Limited. The event focused on developing risk-based inspection protocols for livestock value chains.

CEO of Agdyna Limited, Ayo Okediji, highlighted the detrimental impact of counterfeit inputs and non-compliance with good agricultural practices on Nigerian farmers during his keynote address. He added that reliance on imports, has squeezed farmers’ profits and hindered their success.

To combat this challenge, the event introduced poultry farmers to Farmsured Technology. The innovation is touted as a revolutionary tool for verifying the authenticity and quality of day-old chicks. It empowers farmers with access to high-quality inputs, valuable insights, and improved traceability of their day-old chicks.

Head of Inspectorate and Compliance at NIAS, Olufemi Atunbi, declared that Farmsured will be a game-changer. He stated that the innovation ensures day-old chicks are protected from adulteration and guarantees their high quality. Additionally, he remarked that agro-inputs will now be delivered in tamper-proof, secure packaging, safeguarding them from diversion and manipulation.

Abiola Bolumole, CEO of Promex Multi-Services Nigeria Limited, echoed the technology’s potential. He disclosed that it streamlines the production process, minimising losses caused by substandard inputs.

Furthermore, Bolumole added that the project fosters transparency, promotes traceability, and ultimately, paves the way for sustainable profitability.

The Chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in Oyo State, Kunle Omidokun, also expressed strong support for the initiative. He noted that with soaring input prices, optimising feed production and protecting day-old chicks are crucial for farms’ survival. He declared that Farmsured is a significant advancement in safeguarding poultry assets and strengthening the entire ecosystem.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.

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