Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), says it stands to lose about N3 trillion over government’s restriction order on vehicular interstate movement to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
The PAN President, Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, who disclosed this during a press conference on Friday in Maiduguri, said the measure was a threat to the country’s food security.
He said that food security had a major role in national development and sustainable of the economy.
He said that Nigeria was currently not secured in terms of production because “the number of hungry Nigerians keeps increasing by the day’’.
“This includes other factors such as low food production, increasing population, herders crises, insecurity and post harvest losses,” he said.
Ibrahim said that since food and protein were very essential to human health and survival, government should lift the restriction on the movement of vehicles conveying such critical poultry products like Day Old Chicks, meat, eggs, poultry feeds and drugs, daily needed by all Nigerians.
“At the moment, we are facing the most difficult period of our national lives with the outbreak of COVID-19.