The National Products Research Institute in Kaduna said the new strain of birds is mainly egg producing.
The National Products Research Institute, Shika, Zaria in Kaduna on Wednesday called on poultry farmers to adopt a new strain of birds called Shika for high production of eggs.
An Assistant Director, Extension and Linkages in the institute, Lamidi Saka, said on telephone that the birds were a superior breed.
He said: “There is a strain of birds we have developed; it is called the Shika; it is named after the area where it was developed; that is,
Shika, in Zaria.
“It is mainly egg-producing and has the capacity for high production even under high temperatures such as we have in Nigeria.
“It has been tested in all the six geopolitical zones and found to be very productive and resistant to most diseases.
“At the end of its laying period, it usually weighs about 2.1kg and will still be good for meat.’’
He urged increased poultry farming to counteract the effects of smuggling of chickens into Nigeria.
Mr. Saka said that most frozen chickens brought into the country were not good for consumption, warning that some were preserved with harmful chemicals.
He advised Nigerians to reduce consumption of frozen chickens.
“The ban on importation of poultry should be maintained so that local farmers can grow. We have all it takes to produce enough.
“I foresee that very soon, Nigeria will produce enough poultry for exports,’’ he said.
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