Food security: Scientist urges farmers to increase animal production

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An Animal Scientist in Nigeria, Dr Funmilayo Ogunleke, has called on sheep and goat farmers to improve their production to feed the country’s growing population.

Ogunleke, who works at the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan, Oyo state made the call at a training workshop on sheep and goat farming as a means of wealth creation.

The scientist said that increase in production of animals would boost export adding that animal production was of high economic importance, noting that sheep  and goats  provided skin, hair and manure as well as meat, milk and other products capable of tackling malnutrition.

She advised farmers to increase their production and see their produce as essential to the wellbeing of the citizens and the development of the country.

“Take your farming as a business; not as a charity organisation; always take record of your production, sales and every transaction that takes place in your farm.

“Always feed your animals well; when they are well fed, there will be less diseases and mortality, while quality production and pasture establishment will be guaranteed,” she emphasized.

Peace PIAK