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FG Maps Out Programmes To Develop Livestock Industry

Posted: Jun 4, 2016 at 6:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

To attain self-sufficiency in the provision of animal protein, create jobs for millions of youths and contribute to the National Gross Domestic Product optimally, the Federal Government has mapped out programmes to improve livestock production in the country. Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this during a press briefing on the forthcoming two-day retreat on Livestock and Dairy Development in Nigeria slated for June 7-8, 2016 in Abuja.

The minister said the present administration was ready to embark on various agricultural programmes that would develop the nation’s livestock industry. The programmes, he said, include the   establishment of ranches to be planted with high quality improved tropical grass and legume species; provision of irrigation for all year commercial fodder production to  enhance settlement of pastoralists; cattle, sheep and goat improvement through an expanded breeding programme that would be aggressively pursued using artificial insemination.

Others are establishment of clusters of dairy farmers which would be equipped with milk collection facilities; capacity building programme for livestock farmers and introduction of single credit facility for livestock and other farming activities.