FG begins national training for breeders on animal feed production
The federal government says it is determined to decisively tackle the escalating cost of animal feed in the country by encouraging the use of inferior grain and climate-friendly animal feed production.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe revealed this during capacity building and feed distribution programs organized recently by the Department of Livestock Services of the ministry in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
The permanent secretary who was represented at the event by the ministry’s director of special duties, Ms Fawsat Lawal, said the high cost of animal feed has forced many millers and herders out of business.
According to him, “It is with the awareness of the strategic importance of the livestock sub-sector in the growth of our national economy that we are organizing this capacity building program to teach our millers and breeders the sources alternatives available to them to provide nutritious food. for their animals at a lower cost.
According to him, statistically, the livestock sub-sector supports more than one billion people worldwide, which represents more than 40% of the world’s agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) and provides more than 35% of the global protein intake.
“It is gratifying to note that the contribution of livestock goes beyond meat, milk and eggs, but also plays an important role in climate change,” he said.
He informed that the capacity building program is not only in line with the agenda of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in charting a new course for the livestock industry and agribusiness in Nigeria, but it is also in line with the agenda of the current administration to leverage the agricultural sector for wealth creation, job creation and diversification of the economy.
He instructed the participants to make good use of the opportunity to gain new knowledge that will help them improve their businesses.
Earlier in her welcoming remarks, the Director of the Department of Livestock Services, Ms. Winnie Lai-Solarin, said the program is a national capacity building program to help herders across the country improve their livelihoods. and ensuring food and feed safety.