Nigerians have been advised by the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) to eat an egg a day to fight various diseases such as hypertension and arthritis.
The South-West Zonal Chairman of PAN, Mr Olabode Adetoyi,made this known in an interview with journalist in Lagos today in commemoration of the World Egg Day held every October 12 globally.
According Adetoyi, Nigeria produces currently about 10 billion units of egg annually which is the cheapest source of protein and employs over 25 per cent of the total farming workforce.
He added that egg consumption was needed for growth, immunity booster and healthy living as a large egg contains about 13 minerals, vitamins, Choline, zinc and iron.
“Consumption of egg is good for the body because it contains all the essential vitamins, minerals, Choline, zinc, iron, and all these are necessary for the body building, growth and good health.
“Even for those managing hypertension, arthritis and all that, I will encourage them to eat egg. Today is World Egg Day and it is important for everybody to eat healthy.
“You are only healthy when you eat an egg a day,’’ he told Newsmen
According to the chairman, like every other sector, the poultry industry has been faced with some challenges on the egg production value chain.
He said: “The challenges in the production of egg are high cost of ingredients like feeds for birds producing eggs.
“Not only the cost of feeds, we have other challenges in terms of infrastructure, road network and energy. Although, they are not peculiar to the poultry sub-sector.
“Other sectors have their challenges but we just have to surmount them as resilient farmers and then move on,’’ Adetoyi, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, Hi-Nutrient International Ltd, He said.