Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has asked people in the South-West region to use chickens as meat in their foods instead of losing money to beef every day.
The Governor who backed President Buhari on people growing what they eat, claimed that there is a N2.5 billion beef market in the southwest every day.
At a meeting with stakeholders in the state’s education sector in Akure, Ondo capital city, Akeredolu who was represented by Akin Olotu, his special adviser on agriculture, stated that the South-West beef market is the bedrock of poverty in the region.
“The president said grow what you eat and eat what you grow. I have been a serious advocate and I am reemphasising it, please let us use chicken for our ceremonies.
“Yes, I mean broilers. They are cheaper. I met with the traditional rulers and I told them that those before you have to encourage that.
“Why am I saying this? There is a N2.5 billion beef market in the southwest every day. It means every day in the southwest, we send [The sum of] N2.5 billion out of the south-west? That is the bedrock of poverty in the region.
“We have a region that is not retaining money. Don’t let any politician tell you any abracadabra, if we don’t reverse that trend, we will continue to remain on the same spot.”