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Oyo poultry farmers lose N200b to pandemic

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 MEMBERS of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in Oyo State have lost over N200billion since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

  Chairman of the association, Agboola Gbemisoye, disclosed this yesterday in a chat with newsmen.

  According to Agboola, the loss was incurred as a result of the closure of some businesses due to the pandemic but was aggravated by movement hindrance of livestock products particularly day old chicks. He laid the blame on security operatives saddled with the enforcement of restriction of movement by the government.

“Day old chicks meant to be transported to other parts of the country from Oyo State are dying on the road due to the refusal of security personnel to let them move. We have made series of complaints to appropriate authorities but there is yet to be any change in the attitude of these security operatives who claimed the restriction order is from the Inspector General of Police,” he said.

Speaking further, Agboola regretted that aside the restriction of movement, another reason for the loss of revenue is egg glut which has been the order of the day since the closure of some businesses such as hotels, restaurants and the rest.

It will be recalled that earlier in the week, representatives of farmers in the state, had sent an SOS to the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu seeking his intervention on plight of their members.

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