FG starts implementing the national breeding plan to stop the importation of milk and yogurt
Of Okwe Obi, Abuja
The The federal government has started the implementation of the National Livestock Processing Plan (NLTP) which is expected to stop the importation of milk and yogurt from dairy products and address other challenges that are hampering the country’s livestock development.
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar, in a statement yesterday by senior ministry officer Juliet Okeh revealed this in a virtual meeting with the 36 state agriculture commissioners of the federation and the CTF and other stakeholders on the state-level socialization project on the project to support the productivity and resilience of the breeding (L-PRES).
Represented by the Director of the Department of Livestock Services of the Ministry, Winnie Lai-Solarin, he said that the L-PRES program âis a project to support the updating of the NLTP and aims to address the low investment profile. long standing in the sub-sector to improve livestock productivity, resilience and marketing of selected value chains, as well as strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to crises or emergencies.
The minister asserted that the L-PRES project would facilitate the achievement of food security, reduce the incessant conflicts between farmers and herders and mitigate the effects of a COVID-19 pandemic on the livestock industry, in accordance with to government strategies and policies, including the promotion of Climate-Smart Animal Production and Productivity, expansion of the rural economy for employment and income generation, promotion of exports and reduction of importation of livestock and products breeding, and empowerment of women, youth and vulnerable people.
According to him, âit is glaring, given the current priorities of global food supply systems, that the next topics of interest will be animal protein supply chains and their link to welfare and security in the world. world.
âThe ability of nations to provide good quality and affordable animal protein is not only related to their monetary status, it has been confirmed to have a direct relationship with human capital development and IQ.