Approximately 1. 2 billion birds are consumed yearly in Nigeria, an expert, Alaba Yunusa, has said.
Speaking at Awe, Oyo State, during a tour of Amo Group Farms, Data Analyst and Farmer Satisfaction Representative (FSR), natnuPreneur broiler outgrower scheme, Yunusa said only 30 per cent of the chicken consumed in the country are produced locally.
He said there was a huge market for chicken production and supply, with smuggled ones covering a consumption deficit of about 70 per cent.
Explaining that there is massive opportunity for farmer’s profitability in poultry farming under natnuPreneur, Yunusa said: “Our assumption is that if 10 per cent of 170 million Nigerians consume six packs of chicken a month, a total of 1,224,000,000 pieces of chicken would have been consumed in 12 months.“
His words: “From a retail perspective, a piece of chicken average sales price is N1,000. So, N1,000 multiplied by 1,224,000,000 will give us a value of about 1.224 trillion. Now, the question is how much of this money is getting to our farmers? This is one question natnuPreneur seeks to give positive answers to. We want to ensure that a good chunk of that figure gets into the pocket of poultry farmers through a reliable off-taking arrangement, effective poultry management trainings and capacity building.”
He said his organisation introduced natnuPreneur project to increase the competitiveness of domestic production and processing of poultry meat and eggs, adding that the objective of the programme is to investigate key factors at the production stage and to showcase more efficient methods of production to increase profitability and attract more investment into the poultry sector.
“Between 2014 and 2017, the programme has onboarded 1,156 farmers under different categories and clusters; off taken 4,348,640 birds; and paid out N4.352billion to famers.”
The record, he revealed, has drawn the attention of various financial institutions, such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Industry (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Sterling Bank, Heritage Bank and others, to partner natnuPreneur and support its famers.
“Also, because of their well thought out scientific process for broiler farming, natnuPreneur farmers have the ability to do six cycles yearly with mortality rate as low as four per cent.”
He said: “To ensure farmer profitability, we have developed and tested our processes and have a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to guide our farmers on effective poultry farming. We’ve also developed a detailed economic model for our farmers – a net profit calculator, which guards against pilfer, wastage and fraud. We have also developed a Buy Back Price equation to ensure profitability, created a database that is searchable across various parameters, and have designed an effective customer satisfaction centre for support services.
“The scheme has the potential of providing employment for over two million Nigerians, within the poultry value chain-feed mills, hatchery, logistics and transportation, chicken processing, chicken distribution and retailing.”
Group Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Albert Begerano, said natnuPreneur programme has thrived because of its backbones such as Amo Farm, which produces about 1,900,000 day olds weekly, with broiler chicks being 800,000.
The integrated plant, which has storage capacity for 500 metric tonnes of feeds and maize, produces between 600 to 1,000 tonnes of feeds daily.
And its natnudO foods, where off taken birds are slaughtered and packaged, Begerano said produces 30,000 frozen chickens daily in the West, 10,000 in the North and 15,000 in the East, totaling 55,000 birds daily.
The plant also provides facilities for storage and preservation such as blast freezers and cold rooms that could take over 600 tonnes of frozen chicken in the west alone.