The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), has urged the Federal Government to subject its draft master plan on livestock value chain to stakeholder’s review and input.
ACCI made the call in Abuja in a communiqué signed by Mr Olawale Rasheed, Coordinator, ACCI Policy Advocacy Centre at the end of its roundtable on “Developing Sustainable National Livestock Value Chains Master Plan’’.
The communiqué also urged the Federal Government to allow the implementation of the livestock master plan chain to be driven by the private sector.
According to the communiqué, the master plan should address security challenges, boost economic prosperity and increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“It is our view within the private sector that the livestock sector holds a prime position for wealth creation, employment expansion and GDP growth.
“We should learn from our national policy experience that policies driven by the private sector always turn out to be sustainable and successful,’’ it said.
The communiqué recalled that in the 1970s, the government adopted and implemented three value chain policies on maize and poultry chains which were private sector driven and succeeded.
It noted that the cattle value chain handled by the states failed.
“The past cattle value chain policies failed because stakeholders, especially the private sector were excluded from the implementation, the present plan should be subjected to private sector review and analysis.
“If we are to address the cattle value chain, we should learn to trust the private sector,’’ the communiqué said.
It said the existing policy was deficient, and thereby called for a policy conference to inject private sector perspective