The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has embarked on a capacity building to equip farmers on best practices in pork production to meet the international market.
The FMARD Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Bello, who made this known at a two-day capacity building workshop for pig farmers from the South-South and South-East zones in Asaba, Delta state, said that there were opportunities for pig farmers in Nigeria to explore and compete at the international market.
Bello explained that the training was one of the efforts by the Federal Government to bridge the protein gap and to take advantage of the 38 per cent pork market internationally.
According to him, the essence of the workshop is to introduce farmers to best practices in pig production to meet international standard.
“We are also here to train the farmers on how to convert the waste products from pig into biogas as a source of energy.
“Again, there will be a stakeholders meeting to enable the participants share ideas.
“According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 38 per cent of meat protein consumed across the world is pork; so this workshop is apt to enable farmers process the pork to international market standard,” the Permanent Secretary added.
He however charged participants to inculcate the best practices in pork production.