Mr. Idi Murkhtar, a Commercial farmer and Managing Director, Zaidi Farms Ltd, Kaduna, has called on the Nigerian government to establish National Livestock Development Authority (NALDA) to meet the nation’s growing demand for beef and dairy products.
Mukhtar, who made the call in Kaduna said NALDA should be mandated to overhaul, regulate and ensure faster growth of the entire livestock sector.
He said the creation of NALDA would attract both local and foreign investors, create jobs and drive national self sufficiency in dairy and dairy products.
Mukthar noted that the creation of NALDA would bridge the gap of the annual national demand of the 1.3 billion liters of milk annually.
According to him, NALDA would avail Nigerians the opportunity to tap from the over 1.5 billion US Dollar worth of dairy products imported into the country annually.
He said Nigerians would equally tap from the employment opportunities and enable skilled, abundant cheap labour through public, private partnership that would enhance faster growth of the sector.
He said the prospects were enormous, with 131 ruminant resources in addition to abundant land, water resources and favorable climate.
Murkhtar said the agency should also address current challenges faced by the diary and livestock industry.
He listed the challenges as incoherent policy implementation, poor funding by state and local governments and poor extension services from agricultural agencies.
He explained that the challenges if left unaddressed could have a negative impact on the nation’s diary sector.
The farmer said addressing the challenges would fast track the potential in the Nation’s 22 million cattle population which are yet to be fully realised.