A pig farmer, Fortune Alabi, said in Lagos on Saturday that the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the raising and sale of pigs, following the shutdown caused by the disease.
Alabi made the revelation in an interview with Nigeria’s NAN News Agency on Saturday in Lagos, while discussing trends in the agricultural sector since the coronavirus pandemic began.
“We have had problems selling our animals due to the closure of borders to our West African neighbors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This has affected us a lot because we spend more on feed for pigs, both due to higher prices and poor sales.
“Our pigs are in great demand in our neighboring countries, especially in the Republic of Benin. Most pig farms in southern Nigeria supply pigs to West African countries.
“Immediately the borders were closed due to COVID-19 that began to affect our sales because people no longer come to sponsor us.
“Local pig farmers are generally not looking for buyers because we are used to buyers coming to buy from us in large quantities before this period.
“We currently sell the pigs at lower prices, but we spend more to feed them because the demand for pork is low.”
Alabi also lamented what he described as low pork consumption by Nigerians, due to cultural and religious reasons.
According to him, pig farming will boost the pharmaceutical industry if manufacturers start using pigs to make drugs.
He said it was necessary to redirect the consumption of pork due to the high nutritional content and benefits of pigs.
“We need to boost the pig farming value chain to increase our returns.
“When our pharmaceutical industry develops, pigs will be in great demand for the production of certain drugs. Unfortunately, most local pharmaceutical companies are only engaged in franchise sales of drugs and not in production.