Stakeholders conclude work on document to drive livestock transformation

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Stakeholders from across Nigeria have concluded work on the Breeding Policy as part of efforts to actualise the National Livestock Transformation Initiative (NLTP) recently launched by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The stakeholders spoke in separate interviews at the end of a two-day Multi-Stakeholders’ Forum in Abuja.

The event, organised by Department of Animal Husbandry Services of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Validation of Draft National Animal Breeding Policy Document and Preparation of National Strategy and Action Plan(NSAP) for Animal Genetic Resources.

The stakeholders said the policy document when approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), would help regulate and coordinate livestock production in the country.

The stakeholders, who also reviewed the NSAP, noted that the draft would help with characterization and conservation of indigenous animal genetics.

Dr. Popoola Mustapha, Head, Secretariat of Animal Genetics Resources, National Advisory Committee, said work on the breeding policy would be concluded before the end of 2019 and transmitted to the Ministry of Agriculture for onward submission to FEC for approval.

Popoola, who was a resource person at the forum, said the breeding policy would assist in identifying animals that could crossbreed for meat, milk or other purposes.

He also said it is disturbing that, in spite of the huge potential in livestock, there was no data to clearly show the animal genetic resources in the country.

Mr Abdulrahim Yahaya, Head of Division of Animal Breeding and Conservation, Department of Animal Husbandry Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the breeding policy would help unlock the potential inherent in indigenous animals.

Bolatito Adenike, a participant from the National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Ibadan, said conclusion of work on the two documents would propel domestication of global plan on livestock and become a major global player.

According to her, management of animal genetic resources actually requires that you conserve animal genetic resources that we have in the country.