The sprawling Poultry Haven of the Oyo State Poultry Association of Nigeria was a beehive of activities on 31st July 2019. There it happened for the first time, again in the ’pacesetter’ state. Participants were unanimous in commending the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter (PANOY) for bringing together the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and Nigerian Association of Animal Health and Husbandry Technologist (NAAHHT) in the state to jointly organize the first ever PANOY Poultry Workshop. The event was a huge success.
Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) is a commodity based association under which members of NVMA, ASAN and NAAHHT as well others professionals who are engaged in poultry value chain could cooperate for the sake of advancing the poultry industry.
The PANOY 2019 workshop involving lectures and products exhibition was the first edition of an event that is planned to be annual henceforth. This first edition was highly subscribed with over 500 visitors and 20 exhibitors, including all the major players in Nigeria’s poultry industry.
In his welcome address, the chairman of PANOY, Mr Gbemisoye Agboola, said as a frontline association in the livestock industry, PAN is committed to ensuring better health and profitability of the poultry industry and diversification of the Nigerian economy. He further said many poultry farmers have been coerced to leave the business, believing that the challenges facing the industry are insurmountable. He therefore pleads for massive government and international aids to rescue the Nigeria Poultry Industry. He encouraged all poultry farmers who are yet to register with PAN to do so in their zones in order to benefit from PAN interventions at all times.
The General Secretary of PANOY, Dr Olugbenga Ogunwole, in his welcome remarks, hammered on the need for all relevant associations in the poultry value chain to collaborate to bring meaningful development to the industry. In this light he commended the doggedness of ASAN, NVMA and NAAHHT in Oyo state for setting the pace for others to follow.
Brief remarks and goodwill messages were also delivered by chairmen of ASAN (Dr Johnson Oluponna), NVMA (Dr Dayo Adejuyigbe) and NAAHHT (Mr Kazeem Akingboye) in the state, Chief E.F. Ogunnaike (Life/Grand Patron of PANOY), Dr Olabode Adetoyi (Vice President of PAN, Southwest) and Mr Sanjeev Jain (Deputy Managing Director of Grand Cereals Ltd) as well as representatives of ASAN national president and Provost of Federal College of Animal Health and Husbandry Technology, Ibadan.
Two important activities during the opening ceremony of the workshop were presentation and launching of PANOYLINKS and the award of plaques to some important stakeholders.
The 10th edition of PANOYLINKS, a periodic publication of PAN Oyo State is a 50 page magazines containing interviews, executive reports, research articles and other information highly beneficial to all poultry farmers. Five organizations/individuals were bestowed with Lifetime Recognition Award for their contributions to the development of poultry industry in Oyo state and Nigeria in general. They includes Grand Cereals limited (maker of vital feed brand), CHI Farms limited, Feedtech Limited (maker of Hybrid feed brand), Dr Stephen Adejoro (for LIFA) and Chief F.O. Ogunnaike (for Fol-Hope Limited). Workshop participants led by Chief Ogunnaike later moved to inspect the 2,000 capacity event hall under construction within the sprawling yard of PANOY secretariat. Appeal for support for the speedy completion of the hall was made and a number of the dignitaries present donated or promised substantial amounts. The team thereafter moved to the exhibition ground for inspection of the stands. Among the companies which displayed their products were;
- Adamore Nigeria limited
- Amo Byng Limited
- Animal Care Services Konsult limited
- Biacom Agro Nigeria limited
- Bifems Animal Health and Agricultural Services
- Big Dutchman
- CHI Farms limited
- Crown Flower Mill limited (Olam)
- Divine Agrovet limited
- Farm Support Services Limited
- Fol-Hope Limited
- Grand Cereals Limited
- Hi Nutrients International (Member of Neovia Group)
- Premier Feed mill Company limited (Topfeed)
- Provider Farm and Poultry Equipment Solution
- Sayeed Farms (Breedwell)
- Skretting Nigeria limited
- Zartech Farm limited
The participants then moved back to the hall to listen to the guest speakers. The main theme speaker, Dr Adebayo Odunowo’s lecture was titled: Appraisal of the factors responsible for the reducing profitability of poultry in Nigeria. A detailed report of the lecture is available on livestonews website at https://www.livestonews.com.ng/news/profitability-of-poultry-production-is-declining-odunowo-md-biacom/
The sub theme lecture was presented by Dr Dayo Adejuyigbe with the title: Proper management of birds, A sure way of improving poultry production in Nigeria. Participants were allowed to ask questions to which the speakers answered to their satisfaction.
Some companies in attendance also made oral presentation of their products and services. These includes NIRSAL, BOA, Grand Cereals and Animal Care.
Livestonews engaged a number of participants at the workshop and the general remark was a positive high score for the organizers of the event.
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