Confab assesses the challenges of implementing the livestock transformation plan
Jhe Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a National Livestock Transformation Conference in Abuja to discuss issues affecting the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) – an initiative of public-private partnership aimed at strengthening the livestock sub-sector.
Stakeholders felt that the challenges facing the growth of livestock value chains are manifold, including misconceptions and misinformation about the program concept.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, who spoke at length at the conference, listed challenges in the sector, including low breed quality, poor husbandry practices, access limited to quality inputs and finance, weak animal health and extension services, livestock conflicts between herders and farmers, cattle rustling, banditry and other security issues.
In addition to the challenges listed, the Minister admitted that “incoherent government policies, poorly functioning institutional frameworks, linkages, regulations and standards, have failed to bring about meaningful and sustainable transformation in the sector and a limited impact on the livelihoods of actors along the value of the sector”. Chains.
“Indeed, the potential promise of the sector has been further threatened in recent times with the widespread insurgency and conflict in the northeast, central belt and many other parts of the country, coupled with the overwhelming consequences and negative impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Floods and Droughts The waves of destruction and demographic upheaval are so huge and unprecedented that livestock businesses are significantly disrupted, with animals being wiped out in many cases.
Dr Andrew Kwasari, the President’s Special Assistant for Agriculture, expressed concern that many people do not understand the program and continue to spread missing information about it, adding that there are documents detailing all program components.
While he provided an update on implementation so far, he said 10 of the 22 states that have indicated interest in participating in the program have already established the livestock processing office.
He said four states have identified and mapped classified grazing reserves in their area, including setting up an office to receive seed funding from the FG and are ready to take off.
The project is expected to swallow 100 billion naira, of which the federal government is expected to provide about 40% as seed money, while states and private sector investments are to pilot the system in implementing states.
In addition to all the efforts of the presidency, Dr Abubakar said that to address these multi-faceted challenges and unlock the potential of the country’s animal resources, the federal government was “working with a wide range of national and international stakeholders to accelerate transformation in the livestock sector and meet contemporary aspirations for increased productivity and resilience.
He said the result of such collaboration is the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) already initiated and implemented by state and non-state actors with national and state governments.