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The factors affecting farming in Nigeria

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Poor funding and others are limiting the Nigerian poultry farming expansion.

Poor financial support, insecurity, and low egg consumption are some of the problems limiting the expansion of poultry farming in Nigeria, according to Engr. Idowu Adenuga, Chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria Ogun State (PANOG). Engr. Adenuga noted the rising price of chicken feed as another difficulty facing the country’s poultry industry when speaking to reporters in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, ahead of this year’s World Eggs Day. Therefore, he urged the federal and state governments, as well as other important stakeholders including banks, to support poultry producers by offering loan facilities with low interest rates and by providing enough security in order to improve farming activities across the nation.

According to Engr. Adenuga, “as of October 2022, there are 63 million chickens distributed among poultry farms in Nigeria, with Ogun State generating 10 million of them.” Additionally, compared to China, which produces 472.6 billion eggs annually and consumes 315 eggs per person annually, Nigeria produces 10 billion eggs annually at an average consumption rate of 50 eggs per person. The Ogun State administration has pledged that it will continue to put poultry farmers’ safety and investment across the state first in all of its efforts.

The government vowed that the funds for poultry farmers is timed right.

Speaking through Dr. Angel Adelaja-Kuye, Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Agriculture, the government promised to make sure that funds from the federal government for poultry farmers are timed properly and do not stand at the expense of farmers. The government recalled that it already had a synergy with the farmers. Dr. Nurudeen Gbadamosi of the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta refuted the beliefs and misconceptions that eating eggs is unhealthy, especially for people of a specific age because of the false notion that it might result in the accumulation of bad cholesterol in earlier health.

Gbadamosi emphasized that individuals of a certain age shouldn’t be averse to eating eggs because of their health advantages, noting that eggs contain vital vitamins, minerals, and protein that are needed to maintain healthy body function, develop the immune system, provide energy for work, and provide blood clothing in the event of injury. However, due to specific underlying illnesses that some people have, eating eggs should be done in moderation and not in excess.

An overview on Nigeria’s agricultural sector’s situation.

Agriculture contributed to 22.35 percent of the overall Gross Domestic Product between January and March 2021. Moreover 70% of Nigerians work in agriculture, primarily for subsistence. Despite its economic significance, Nigeria’s agricultural sector suffers numerous difficulties that have an impact on its output. Poor land tenure systems, insufficient irrigation for agricultural, climate change, and land degradation are a few of these issues. Other factors include inadequate funding, significant post-harvest losses, minimal access to markets, low technology, high production costs, and poor input distribution.

Due to these difficulties, agricultural output has been inhibited, which has reduced the sector’s contribution to the nation’s GDP and increased food imports due to population growth which has resulted in diminishing levels of food sufficiency. For instance, Nigeria’s total agricultural imports between 2016 and 2019 were N3.35 trillion, which is four times the country’s total agricultural export of N803 billion during the same period. The Nigeria-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme, the Presidential Economic Diversification Initiative, Economic and Export Promotion Incentives, the Zero Reject Initiative, the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP), the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), and the Action Against Desertification.

Nigeria’s forest ecosystems are threatened by rapid population growth.

It is impossible to overstate how important forestry is to development and agriculture in general. According to an FAO 2018 report, Nigeria’s forest ecosystems are under danger due to the country’s rapid economic development and population expansion, with an annual deforestation rate of 0.72 to 2.38 percent. Among the causes of this trend include increased grazing, urbanization, unsustainable timber exploitation, significant reliance on firewood and charcoal for energy and infrastructure development. To ensure food security and nutrition for the growing population—which is expected to exceed 400 million by 2050—it is vital to increase agricultural production through the adoption of new technology and innovations. To achieve this goal, it is essential that all partners support the work of the federal and state governments.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

The government should really help in funding poultry farming and also help with the security apparatus of the states for the farmers to benefit.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Numerous factors have contributed to the depleting nature our farming system. Increase in population growth, lack of proper funding, insecurity, flooding, etc. have all caused our farming system not to function maximally. We need a government which is ready to manage Agriculture as a sector.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

To make agriculture a stable occupation in Nigeria, government need to invest and take agriculture serious by providing incentives to the farmers.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Government should really to contribute the help in other to boost and improve our agriculture, lack of fund, insecurity are one of challenging our agriculture grow so we should really solve the issue to make our agriculture grow well

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Federal and state governments, as well as banks, should encourage poultry producers by granting low-interest loans and enough security to boost farming nationwide.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

myths and assumptions that eating eggs is detrimental for your health, especially before a certain age, due to an exaggerated fear of bad cholesterol buildup is false

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Due to the agricultural sector’s issues, agricultural output has been limited, reducing the sector’s contribution to the nation’s GDP and increasing food imports due to population expansion, resulting in declining food sufficiency.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

This is not big due. The only challenge we have is; we need government support to get it right. Even if the government refuse to support us with loan why can’t government create good standard of living

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

it is vital to increase agricultural production through the adoption of new technology and innovations. To achieve this goal, it is essential that all partners support the work of the federal and state governments.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Since the problems have been identified, then there should be solutions to a good number of them. Problems like post-harvest losses can be solved by building massive storage facilities for these famers. Increase in population will make importing food items inevitable. Thereby reducing the sector’s contribution to the GDP

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

It is unfortunate that inadequate financial backing, insecurity, and poor egg consumption are some of the issues that are preventing Nigeria’s poultry farming industry from expanding further.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Our agricultural production is hindered by factors such as a lack of funding and a lack of security, both of which should be addressed if we want our crop production to be successful. The government ought to provide assistance in this regard so that our agriculture can be bolstered and improved.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

It is of the utmost importance to raise agricultural productivity through the implementation of new technologies and other advancements.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

myths and assumptions that eating eggs is detrimental for your health, especially before a certain age, due to an exaggerated fear of bad cholesterol buildup.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

It would be impossible to overestimate the benefits of forestry to human civilization and agriculture, especially in Africa.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

It is necessary for all partners to support the work that is being done by the federal and state governments in order to attain this aim.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The government of Nigeria needs to invest, demonstrate that it takes agriculture seriously, and take more interest in the sector in order to make farming a secure profession in the country.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Because of problems in the agricultural sector, agricultural output has been constrained, which has decreased the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP and increased food imports because of population growth, leading to a decline in food sufficiency.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Security, poor funding and inflation has affected poultry. Government should please rise up to these challenges and make it easy for poultry productions.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Government should provide the necessary support to farmers poultry expansion.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Our agricultural output is hampered by issues like a lack of money and security, all of which need to be addressed if we want to have a successful crop production. The government should help with this so that our agriculture can be strengthened and enhanced.