FG, stakeholders synergize to develop a roadmap for animal feed
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) is working with stakeholders in the feed sector to develop a roadmap for feed safety.
The roadmap is also to update the program of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to leverage the agricultural sector for wealth creation, job creation and economic diversification.
Declaring the first National Animal Feed Summit in Abuja to open yesterday, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, who was represented by Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Ernest Umakhihe, said the summit was appropriate because its results will support the achievements. and propose solutions that will overcome the complex challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in the animal feed sector.
The Minister noted that to enable efficient transformation in the animal feed sector, Nigeria needs to engage in feed production, promote industrialization and the establishment of a national strategic reserve center. ‘animal feed and ingredients, among others. He added that the ministry would pay attention to the feed needs of the country’s farmers through a sustainable policy that will transform Nigeria’s livestock and agriculture for the benefit of the citizens.
According to him, the federal government will also step up its development plan to provide incentives to millers and agribusinesses located in rural areas where food ingredients are widely available, improve the level of education of farmers on modern animal production techniques. and animal feed,
support various research institutes in the development of alternative food ingredients by providing animal feed to mitigate the effects of high feed cost.
He added that to support pastoralists and reduce the cost of animal feed, the ministry had purchased and distributed ruminant feed concentrates, lick stones, finished feed to small farmers, in addition to the approval of the president to release 5,000 tonnes of maize from the food reserve strategy at the Poultry Association of Nigeria for the feed industry.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe urged participants to use the platform to engage stakeholders and come up with a plan to achieve sustainable animal food security in the country.