29 October 2020 by Kayode Oyedare.
The Nigeria Institute of Animal science has expressed concern over the high volume of importation of animal products despite their availablity to meet the demands of Nigerians.
Registrar of the Institute, Processor Eustace Iyayi made this known while briefing news men ahead of this year’s joint annual conference to address challenges facing the animal husbandry industry in the Country with the theme Improve technology: a key strategy for enhanced livestock productivity and national economic development.
Professor Iyayi explained that for the Country to address youth unemployment and food security after covid 19 pandemic, there was need to apply modern technology and innovation in the production, processing and animal trading for economic growth.
He stressed that over seven thousand registered animal scientists across the Country would meet with other stakeholders including crop farmers, pastoralists and traders in the animal science industry to also bring an end to incessant herder and farmers clashes, high cost of animal feeds and make the nation’s abattoirs safe for meat consumption.
Professor Iyayi assured Nigerians that the outcome of the conference would equally assist the country to earn thirteen trillion naira annually and expand export volume.
The Registrar however appealed to wealthy individuals and corporate organizations to support the Federal Government efforts towards making the Country the food basket of the African Continent.