As the world celebrates egg tomorrow, farmers speak of production hurdles


TTomorrow, Friday, October 12, poultry farmers around the world will celebrate World Egg Day – a day set aside to recognize the importance of eggs in human life.

The event was organized in Vienna in Austria at the International Conference on Eggs (IEC) in 1996, when it was decided that World Egg Day would be celebrated every second Friday of October of each year.

“For centuries, eggs have played an important role in feeding families around the world. They are an unsurpassed package when it comes to versatility and high quality protein at a very affordable price. And they are also an excellent source of choline, important for memory and brain development. When you consider convenience and amazing taste, there is simply no competition, ”said IEC on its website.

The President of the Nigerian Poultry Farmers Association (PAN), bringing together all farmers and processors in industry, Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim, in a telephone interview with the Daily Trust in Abuja, spoke about some of the advantages of eggs and production barriers in the country.

Mr. Ibrahim said that an egg is a whole food with all the essential minerals the body needs, so the association is committed to implementing the government’s egg-for-day policy for a Nigerian child, as is done in some countries.

PAN also said that the government needs to include eggs in food for military personnel working in conflict zones, adding that what they eat is not even suitable for animals.

He also urged the government to use eggs to improve the nutritional status of prisoners in various Nigerian prisons throughout the country.

Speaking about production obstacles, Mr. Ibrahim said that the problem is related to the economy, because the country does not produce enough information, adding that "when you have a low production cost, then your product will be cheaper."

“Our main task is to increase the production of soybeans and corn to reduce the cost of feed,” he said.

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