Dr Lekan Odunsi ,the Poultry Association of Nigeria chairman (Ogun State chapter) has stated the Nigeria generates N220 billion annually on egg production. He added that an increase in the per capita consumption of eggs of each person annually would equally raise the annual revenue to about N340 billion.
“The current per capita consumption is 65 eggs per year. The egg industry produces about 1 billion eggs per annum valued at approximately N220 billion. An egg a day for 50% of the Nigerian population will produce a daily economic value of N1.7 billion. Annual revenue from egg sales will be N620 billion. If per capita consumption of eggs increases to 100 eggs per person per year, then annual revenue would be N340 billion,” he said.
He, thereafter, made a passionate call to the state and Federal Governments to provide support for poultry farmers to enable them produce more eggs at the press conference to mark World Egg Day in Abeoukuta, the capital city of Ogun State in Nigeria.
“As various FAO research findings have indicated, in the next 40 years, meat and egg production will have to grow by 75 per cent to meet the demand for animal protein. Nigerian farmers can meet this demand if proper support is provided by government,” he concluded.
World Egg Day was created to be a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world. It was established at the International Egg Conference (IEC) Vienna 1996 conference when it was decided to celebrate World Egg Day on the second Friday in October each year.