Nigeria: How Covid-19, Border Closure Crippled Poultry Business in Sokoto – Farmers

Ankeli Emmanuel takes a look at the negative impact of border closure, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, on the over 50 poultry farm bussines in Sokoto State.

For those in the food and beverage sector, aside from natural occurrences, envisaging loss in a large proportion is minimal in their calendar because of the market demands.

This is more pronounced as most people venture into agric business, as an investment with little risk.

However, the population in every state is enough for the farmers to sell their produce unhindered.

Irrespective of this, poultry farmers in the Seat of the Caliphate enjoyed high patronage until the federal government closed it’s borders with neighbouring countries.

This development therefore led to the shortage of corn milled as chicken feeds.

It became worse with the outbreak of COVID-19 which forced economic cracks globally.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP Friday, product and sales manager of Magatakarda Farms along Sokoto/ Birnin Kebbi road, Alhaji Zaharadden Ahmed Rabiu said COVID-19 has affected their farm seriously.

“We produce as much as 500 crates of eggs with 56 staff capacity before the COVID-19. We also supply eggs to states like Zamfara, Kebbi and even neighbouring Niger Republic”.

“But now, COVID-19 has reduced the egg production capacity to about 100 crates, hence, making us reduce our staff to 16. The price of feeds has also tripled”.