The Poultry Association of Nigeria -PAN, Chairman of the Katsina State chapter, Alhaji Musa Dan Hassan, has reported that more than 400 poultry farms have been closed down owing to insecurity in various parts of the state.
Alhaji Dan Hassan revealed this in an interview he conducted with the News Agency of Nigeria -NAN, on Thursday in Katsina.
He went on to add that more poultry farmers would be out of business if the government failed to take immediate, decisive action against bandits and kidnappers running free in the state.
In his words: “This is very unfortunate. The poultry farms were situated in flash points where banditry and kidnapping are rampant which mandated the poultry farmers to desert the farms to save their lives. Everyone knows that you cannot establish a poultry farm in the town or city, it has to be on the outskirts or in a village.
“That is where the birds will get enough space and air, but bandits and kidnappers have refused to give us breathing space, so nobody is willing to risk his or her life. The unfortunate situation has forced poultry farmers in the state out of business and thrown them into poverty,” the chairman concluded.