Poultry is the rearing of domestic fowls e.g. chicken, turkey, etc, for eggs and meats production. The popularity of poultry production can be explained by the fact that poultry has many advantages over other livestock. Poultry birds are good converters of feed into useable protein in meat and eggs. The production costs per unit remain relatively low, and the return on investment is high. Poultry meat is very tender and acceptability to consumers is high, regardless of their religious beliefs. Also, the production cycle is quite short, so capital is not tied up over a long period.
Despite these positive aspects, poultry production has not been keeping pace with rapidly increasing domestic consumption. The domestic shortfall is estimated at 1.2 million MT per annum – the local demand is about xxxxx metric tons while local farmers are producing xxxxx metric tons now, creating a shortfall of 1.2million metric tons. This report is for a poultry farm producing 40,000 Chicken Layers for eggs and 40,000 Broilers for meat in Rivers State.