THE Plateau Government says it plans to purchase excess eggs from poultry farmers in the state for distribution to orphanages, prisons, schools and hospitals to salvage their businesses.
This is contained in a statement by Dr Makut Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Government House, Jos on Thursday.
Macham said that Gov. Simon Lalong gave the directive to help mop out the excess eggs in the state, saying that the action followed concern raised by the farmers on the situation.
“Accordingly, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources has been mandated to liaise with officials of the Poultry Farmers Association.
“Also, with relevant bodies to work out modalities for implementing the policy with immediate effect in order to save the industry from further decline,’’ he said.
Macham said that the Secretary to the Government, Prof. Danladi Atu, acknowledging that the egg business was a thriving enterprise in the state and a major source of income to many families.
Atu reassured that the state government would do its best to address the situation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that poultry farmers were experiencing egg glut in the state, leading to the close down of some farms.(NAN)