By Beauty John, LAFIA
Dr. Olaniran Alabi, Director, Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has tasked agricultural stakeholders on modalities to boost livestock production.
Alabi, who is the Chief Veterinary Officer, stated this on Friday while addressing participants at the 47th National Livestock Development Committee meeting in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
He said that such modalities, when fashioned out, would further boost agricultural production, particularly livestock, for the overall development of the country.
Alabi further explained that it would not only sustain agricultural system, but would also improve the standard of living of Nigerians.
According to him, the meeting aimed at brainstorming on how to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing the development of agriculture, especially livestock in Nigeria.
Dr. Alabi urged the committee to make submissions that would enable them harmonise the issues relating to agriculture for the overall development of the country.
The director, who described the committee as the highest policy body on matters relating to animal health and veterinary public health issues, urged them to make use of the contributions from different speakers so as to find solutions to the challenges bedeviling the sector.
He said that the outcome of the stakeholders’ meeting would be channeled to the National Council of Agriculture and Rural Development for necessary action on the issues discussed in order to overcome the challenges.
Alibi noted that members of the committee were professionals in animal health drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
He said that they also included directors of veterinary services, directors of 11 veterinary teaching hospitals and the National President of Veterinary Medical Association of Nigeria as well as other critical stakeholders in the sector.
Some of the participants, who spoke with journalists, expressed optimism that the ideas communicated at the meeting would yield result, considering the calibre of people at the event.
They added that the country required such initiatives at this crucial period to complement the Federal Government’s on agriculture.
The meeting was organised by the Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja.
It will be reported that a memo on a three-year action plan for Accelerated African Swine Fever (ASF) Recovery and development of pig production in Nigeria was discussed at the meeting.
Other memos discussed also included those on antimicrobial resistance and use in Nigeria, separation of live bird markets for poultry (domestic fowls) from bird species, such as ducks, captive water fowls and wild birds.
Similarly, a memo on the establishment of livestock disease free zones/compartments and traceability as well as the one proposing the national dog control legislation were also discussed.