Poultry farmers demand egg powder factory
The Chairperson, Erokorodo Poultry Farm Estate, Ikorodu, Lagos, Mrs Juiiana Ibitoye, has appealed to the federal and state governments to set up a factory for production of egg powder in the country.
Ibitoye gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.
She said an egg powder factory would reduce the huge loss recorded in the value chain due to glut.
Ibitoye said that government could also support farmers by buying off eggs during glut period to reduce the financial burden on them.
Ibitoye lamented that that many people were not buying eggs due to cash scarcity which led to glut.
“Every year, we normally experience glut three times and whenever it happens, it is a huge loss to the farmers.
“We want the government to assist us either by buying the eggs off from the farmers or find a way of converting the eggs into powder form as done in developed countries.
“We are still far off in the production of egg powder in the country; there are only about two companies that are into it in Lagos.
“The equipment is very huge and expensive; not everybody can afford it but government can come in and help us,” she said.
The chairperson said the country had the market for egg powder adding that it would be bring development and create more jobs for the youth.
“We are an estate with over 100 farmers, if we can get the support of the government to set up the factory, it will help us a great deal.
“We will can come together, put the eggs together and turn it into powder instead of having glut and losing money.
“We can sell it within Nigeria to confectionaries, bakers and others but we don’t have such facilities,” she noted.