By Chidinma Agu
Only one factory is into egg powder production in Nigeria because of the huge capital involved, the President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr Ayoola Oduntan, said on Wednesday,
Oduntan made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He noted that egg powder was fully dehydrated and required spray-drying.
“It is made using spray-drying in the same way that powdered milk is made,” he said.
Oduntan said that the inability of more companies to go into the production accounted for the massive importation of egg powder into the country.
“It takes a lot of eggs, consistency and stable electricity to make egg powder,” he said.
According to the association’s president, production of egg powder requires a sophisticated factory to ensure that the powder will be free of antibiotic residuals and bacteria.
Oduntan told NAN that the demand for egg powder was outweighing its supply, thereby compelling continued importation.
NAN reports that Nigeria imports more than five million dollars worth of egg powder yearly.
The product is in high demand in food processing and beverage industries.