At the instance of Chief Audu Ogbe, the Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo on 15th December, 2016 led a delegation on a courtesy call to the Honourable Minister for Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The call was pitched around the support of FARA to the development of Nigeria’s Livestock sector.
In his submission, the Honourable Minister advocates for a robust livestock development program that is nutrition-sensitive, inclusive and spread across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The dearth of a genetic improvement strategy for Nigeria was identified as a key non-starter that has jeopardized the livestock development of Nigeria.
In similar vein, improving the genetic merit, animal nutrition, and the health of livestock in the country deserves premium attention. The program is open to transfer of ‘ready-made’ technologies and success stories from across the developing world including but not limited to Brazil, Cuba, Kenya and Zambia, where innovation platforms have led to phenomenal growth of livestock industry.
Positioned to catalyze multidimensional partnership involving the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and other livestock institutions, FARA will facilitate the participation of leading experts in Animal breeding to assist the country in looking at available options as a national strategy for livestock development.
Dr. Akinbamijo recommended the engagement of Professor Leo Dempfle, of University of Technical University of Munich, whose work in Gambia, Australia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, North Korea, etc has led to great advances in those countries’ livestock sector.
In addition, Dr Raphael Mrode, a Nigerian Geneticist of international repute was also recommended to be part of the team.
The meeting ended with an agreement to create a forum involving selected experts in livestock scheduled for the end of January 2017. A steering committee was later constituted and given the responsibility to move on with planning for the forum.