By: Bamidele Fashube
The Nigerian Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has flagged-off the National Livestock Breed Improvement Programme (NALBIP).
It said the programme is aimed at addressing the development and transformation of the livestock value chain in the agricultural sector.
The Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo who spoke during the flag-off held at the Janguru Primary/ Secondary School, Dawanau, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, Kano State, states that the development will improve livelihood of pastoral communities and other livestock farmers.
“this will improve the livelihood of the pastoral communities and other livestock farmers and support the ministry in addressing the challenges in the livestock value chain particularly, the incessant Herder/ Crop Farmers conflict,” he said.
The Minister further stressed that the
programme will facilitate artificial insemination services through training and the provision of essential tools and inputs to stakeholders.
However, he noted that despite the great potential in the livestock sector, “we have not achieved much to ensure an adequate supply of animal protein, means of livelihood and increased income.
” Some of the key challenges like low level of investment, poor animal health services, poor access to market, poor fodder supply and livestock Management practices have continued to prevent the sector from reaching its full potential.”
In his goodwill message, the Governor of Kano State, represented by the Kano State Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, Murtala Garo, expressed appreciation for the choice of Kano State for the pilot scheme of the programme, stating that the state has the comparative advantage in terms of its livestock population and vast arable land.
He expressed the state government’s willingness to support the federal government in all its intervention efforts to the state.