Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria has appealed to federal government to intervene in the lingering scarcity of maize in the country.
This was as government has urged Nigerian Customs and other relevant stakeholders to increase border surveillance to prevent the smuggling of deadly frozen foods in the country.
The association said such shortages had led to the increase of the product which had in turn affected their business.
Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri made the call on Friday when a delegation of the association met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the minister said that the intervention was necessary to assist the farmers.
He also warned those hoarding the grains to desist from such practice, warning that the federal government would not buy their grains.
“We had a meeting with the Acting President over some concerns in the poultry industry. Poultry industry is one of the most organised in Nigeria and one of the most important. Input of the industry are maize and soya beans and because of what happened sometimes last year about the invasion of Army worms on maize farms, we have a huge shortage of maize and soya beans in the country.