Dairy Sector to Boost Food Production and Strenghtnen Potential Investment Opportunities in Nigeria- Nanono

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to boost food production, productivity in the dairy sub-sector, ensure food security and self-sufficiency in Nigeria.

He said “the need to harness our potentials in the dairy sector’ address contemporary critical socio-economic and national herd management issues have induced renewed interest in the development of the Diary particularly in recognition of the nutritional and livelihood importance of milk and other dairy products in Nigeria”.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of a Wider Stakeholders Engagement on National Dairy Policy held at the Reiz Continental Hotel, on Tuesday 30/03/21, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, stated that the Federal Government is committed to providing the enabling environment for sustainable direct investment in the dairy industry and other key sectors of the economy.
According to him, “the Federal Government welcomes at all times, the support, collaboration and partnerships of all concerned stakeholders towards ensuring the success of her National food security and economic diversification initiatives”.

While highlighting the present situation of the dairy industry, the minister noted that the industry is “largely subsistence and consist of local milk production, importation, processing, marketing and consumption. The consumption of aggregated and bulk milk is less than 20% of the local potential “. He said the gap between supply and demand for dairy products was widening as a result of an increase in population and urbanization.
The Minister further explained that “the per capita consumption of milk is 8 litres per year representing very low consumption levels when compared with the global averages of 44 litres of milk, consequently, the long neglect of the livestock sector has put a lot of burden on the import bills of the country”, he said.

Nanono, therefore, stressed “the need to foster sub-sectorial growth, one that is inclusive of smallholders and all key players along in the dairy value chain”. This he said, required the buy-in of national and multinational stakeholders”.
“To facilitate this growth, the Ministry is presently collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI), Raw Material Research Development Council (RMRDC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the private sector, to promote and develop the local dairy industry’’.

He said that the collaboration will facilitate the process of evolving a National Dairy Policy that will articulate a clear road map and strategies for the attainment of the development aspirations in the sector.
He charged the Stakeholders ‘’ to ensure inputs from all angles to the policy document that will be forwarded to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval and subsequent presentation to the general public for guidance’’.  
In his remarks, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, stated that” the essence of the policy is not to puncture the existing success recorded in the dairy industry but rather to strengthen it., adding that the dairy policy document is consistent with the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP)”.

He assured that the “government will consider and harness the inputs, observations and contributions arising from this engagement with a view to taking a position that will be in the best interest of the dairy industry and the economy in general “.
In his welcome address, the  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Ernest Umakhihe said that ‘’ Nigeria is far from meeting national sufficiency in dairy production in particular, and therefore spends a huge amount on the importation of dairy products to bridge the huge gap between supply and demand’’.

He said that ‘’ the proposed policy, therefore, is to give defined direction for the country’s dairy industry where all players at whatever scale will be expected to abide by the rules of operation, in terms of production, processing and marketing of dairy products in Nigeria,”
The 2- day engagement meeting has in attendance stakeholders including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Food and Agricultural Organs(FAO), the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN), Sahel Consulting, Raw Materials Research Development Council, (RMRDC), Federal Ministry of Finance. Budget and National Planning, Advance Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN), amongst others.

EARLIER: African Economic Security Lies in Agriculture – Nanono

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that agriculture has a huge economic potential in Africa to create wealth and produce enough food to feed her people, stating further that it is important to create and sustain an economy in the sector to widen our perspective in the continent.Nanono said this while receiving in the audience a delegation from Course 36 of the Kenyan Defence Staff College on a courtesy visit to his office in the evening of Wednesday, 17th March 2021 in Abuja.

The delegation, on a regional study tour, was in the ministry to seek knowledge on Nigeria’s agricultural policies to help rejig the Kenyan agricultural policy. The Minister who expressed delight at the visit said, “as Africans, we can learn a lot from each other and create a huge market amongst us both in the higher and lower levels. The wealth is in Africa, we must take our destiny in our hands to secure the future”.Nanono noted that despite the challenges faced by the continent, “we must explore the over 60 per cent arable land domiciled in the continent as an advantage to ensure deliberate government policies that will drive the actualisation of food sufficiency and security in the continent, “we must lay our cards very well, if not we can become slaves in our country”, he added.

The Minister informed the delegation of the large scale intervention and focus by the Nigerian government in the sector to include: the creation of platforms for the development of the food value chain both at the micro and macro levels and from the levels of production to processing, training of more extension workers to provide extension services for smallholder farmers and livestock development. Others include; mechanization, strengthening of the research institutes for quality and improved seeds, provision of rural infrastructure for the ease of access to the markets by the farmers.While emphasizing the strategic relevance of the sector in food security, the minister disclosed that the ministry is working hard to create the needed synergy between the agricultural and the industrial sector for the industrialization of the sector through mechanization in line with international best practices.

Nanono added that in Nigeria, “we produce what we eat and eat what we produce”, stating that this catchy phrase has helped in promoting the local rice farmers especially during the lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic and has subsequently increased local rice production in the country. He said the youth are also mobilized through the universities to participate in agriculture as the country seeks to explore its export potentials, adding that more youth are being encouraged to go into farming.

In his remarks, the leader of the Kenyan Defence College delegation, Col David Samoui, said they were in the ministry to seek information on how Nigeria is running its agricultural policies, stating that the country was amazed at how Nigeria could feed its over 200m population whereas Kenya was struggling with food security with just a population of 40 million people.

He said Nigeria is a “ good destination to study and to know how agriculture is contributing to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”. He also added that the students from the college were expected to develop the best strategies for Kenyans after the study tour.

IN KANO: FG Flags-Off National Livestock Breed Improvement Programme (NALBIP), Says Effort will Curb Herders/Farmers Crop Conflicts.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that the National Livestock Breed Improvement Programme (NALBIP) is one of the comprehensive and sustainable mechanism put in place by the ministry to address the development and transformation of the livestock value chain in the agricultural sectorHe said the programme will improve the genetic makeup of the indigenous breeds of animals, especially dairy cattle to achieve increased milk and meat yield of the nation’s national herd.

He also expressed optimism that the programme “will improve the livelihood of the pastoral communities and other livestock farmers and support the ministry in addressing the challenges in the livestock value chain particularly, the incessant Herder/ Crop Farmers conflict”. Speaking during the flag-off exercise held at the Janguru Primary/ Secondary School, Dawanau, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, Kano State venue of the event, today, Monday, I5th March 2021, the Minister disclosed that the programme is targeted at the “evolution of hybrid filial generations of dairy cows and other livestock with improved productivity potential and in the overall genetic improvement to the national herd”.

He explained that the programme will facilitate Artificial insemination services through training and the provision of essential tools and inputs to stakeholders.Nanono expressed regret that despite the great potential in the livestock sector, “we have not achieved much to ensure an adequate supply of animal protein, means of livelihood and increased income. Some of the key challenges like low level of investment, poor animal health services, poor access to market, poor fodder supply and livestock Management practices have continued to prevent the sector from reaching its full potential”. The Minister noted that “ inadequate investments due largely to under-funding from public and private sectors, absence of enabling government policies, suboptimal functioning institutional settings and linkages and regulatory gaps have led to our inability to achieve sustainable transformation in the livestock value chains.

This administration is poised to systematically address these challenges”. According to him, the flag-off exercise was coming on board “at a better time due to threats poised on the nation’s security heightened by frequent conflicts, banditry, and cattle rustling with resultant depletion of the national herd, creating fear and loss of sources of livelihood for Nigerians who depend on agriculture for their sustenance” In his goodwill message, the Executive Governor of Kano State, represented by the Kano State Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, Hon Murtala Sule Garo, expressed appreciation on the choice of Kano State for the pilot scheme of the programme, stating that the state has the comparative advantage in terms of its livestock population and vast arable land.

While noting that the Breed improvement programme for the sector will upgrade the existing indigenous breeds and increase productivity, the governor assured the Minister that the state government will continue to support the federal government in all its intervention efforts to the state. In her welcome address earlier, the Director, Animal husbandary Department in the Ministry, Mrs Winnie Lai- Solarin stated that the Programme is part of the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria. According to her, “Animal Agriculture plays a significant role in the country’s agro-economy and contributes to the qualitative nutrition of the citizenry, job creation and food security status of our nation.

It also lends significantly to the socio-economic livelihoods of the populace particularly livestock value chain actors”.She said the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Animal Husbandry Services is commencing the National Livestock Breed Improvement Program (NALBIP) – a strategy designed to speedily upgrade our indigenous breeds oflivestock by enhancing their genetic potential, increasing their milk yield and their efficiency generally.

Mrs Solarin pointed out that, “Nigeria’s population is growing at a faster rate than the increase in animals and animal products, this is critical for a country whose population is expected to reach about 402 million by the year 2050. Imperatively only improved breeds which are adequately cared for to reach optimal production levels can alleviate poverty, ensure food security and meet the protein requirements of a growing population such as ours”.She, therefore, enjoined all stakeholders, particularly the private sector to participate actively in the implementation of the NALBIP program to ensure efficiency, sustainability, job creation, improved breed, increased productivity, and income of smallholder livestock farmers.

Ernest Umakhihe Assumes Duty as Permanent Secretary Agric.

Mr Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe has assumed duty as the new Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Addressing Directors and Management staff of the Ministry yesterday Wednesday 30th December 2020  in Abuja, Mr Umakhihe while receiving the Handing Over notes from the sit-in Permanent Secretary, Hajia Karima Babaginda, Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, stressed on the need for teamwork and cooperation of the Directors, in order to achieve the diversification policy of Mr President in the Agricultural Sector.

According to him ‘’ I am here to operate an open-door policy, learn from the Directors, add value and coordinate the affairs of the Ministry.
While welcoming the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Karima Babaginda informed that the ministry has the mandate to ensure food security and create employment opportunities for teeming youths of the nation. She pledged the loyalty and commitment of the Directors and the entire staff of the ministry.

Mr Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe who was born on the 5th of April, 1964, is a Professional Accountant of high repute, a core Technocrat and an Astute Administrator. He has served in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

FG Pledges to Revive Development of Cocoa and Continuous Support to Horticulture Industries in Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, on behalf of Federal Government of Nigeria pledges to revive development of cocoa and continuous support to Horticulture Industry in Nigeria. The Minister disclosed this on Tuesday 15th December 2020 during the visit of the Cocoa and Plantain Farmers of Nigeria, under the leadership of the Coordinator and National President, Mr Ayodele Ojo.

In his speech, the National President of the Association, Mr Ayodele expresses his excitement under the auspices of Plantain and Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria to meet with the Honourable Minister and the entire Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the all-important meeting.
In his words, we are here today to commend the laudable and deliberate efforts of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. We know that the Ministry has always collaborated with several other bodies at ensuring food security in Nigeria and creating an enabling environment for economic growth through agricultural and rural development programmes.

The agricultural interventions being supported by the Ministry are enormous and many crops and livestock enterprises have been included in the different programmes at different times. The anchor borrowers’ programme and CARES are some of the most recent of such agricultural intervention programmes being supported by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

It amazed us as an association of farmers that have been consistently working to produce plantain and cocoa in large quantities that we were left out of the anchor borrowers’ programme and CARES Project. Although cocoa has been considered under the anchor borrowers’ programme through our sister association and we appreciate you for this. We have well above 28,000 members in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Presently we have more than 20,000 hectares of farm cultivated and a potential to cultivate more than 50,000 hectares if adequately supported (see the attached map).
History has it that before the discovery of oil in Nigeria, the nation depended on agricultural produce which included cocoa and plantain with other crops. The rise in population all over the world increases the demand for food and raw materials for industries.Honourable Minister Sir, plantain value chain, if well harnessed is capable of alleviating unemployment challenges in Nigeria significantly. Plantain has always contributed and is still contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria.

Plantain is grown in Ondo, Taraba, Cross River, Osun, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Ogun, Edo, Adamawa, Abia, Oyo, Delta, Kwara, Imo, Benue, Niger, FCT, Kaduna, Lagos and Plateau States. There is this peculiarity of plantain in food security, in that when other farm products are scarce due to one reason or the other, plantain is always available all year round.

However, it is very surprising that other commodities like maize, rice, cassava, cotton, vegetable, cocoa etc. received support under the Anchor Borrower’s Programme while the plantain commodity was excluded. It has also come to our notice that the CARES Project that is in the pipeline also excludes plantain and cocoa commodities. Plantain can serve dual purposes of food and cash crop and is capable to start earning returns on investment in one year just like cassava.

Moreover, many developed nations of the world source for raw materials from Africa and among the crops that attract the highest demand are plantain and cocoa. The farmers need support not only in the production but in expansion and enabling the farmers to meet the international market standards and forms of the crops when exported. There are infrastructure and technologies that are capital intensive and are beyond the reach of farmers, hence the need for the inclusion of the plantain farmers in the anchor borrowers’ programme.

The CARES project has been designed to be a kind of palliative programme. This programme will encourage farmers to return to the farm to guide against food shortages that might result from the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic in the nearest future.Therefore, Honourable Minister Sir, we crave for your kind gesture in the following ways:
(i) to recognize the Cocoa and Plantain Farmers Association of Nigeria as a body all over Nigeria.
(ii) making use of your good offices to ensure the inclusion of Plantain and Cocoa Farmers Association in the anchor borrowers’ programme;
(iii) ensuring that plantain and cocoa farmers are included among the beneficiaries of CARES Project and other ongoing palliative programmes;
(iv) render capacity-building support to plantain farmers be able to meet the international market standard in terms of post-harvest handling and packaging of plantain; and
(v) making sure that Cocoa and Plantain Farmers Association of Nigeria is not left out of all future interventions of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Minister his response thanked the visitors for their support for holding on to Cocoa Industry despite the neglect of the Government in the past due to the discovery of Crude Oil.

Alhaji Nanono charged the visitors to strengthen their association, be more proactive and enlighten their members. The Minister added that the Ministry will assist the association in various aspects including capacity development and confirmed that Cocoa and Plantain Farmers Association is recognized.

The Minister added that the delegates should structure their association to attract medium-term facilities for the development of Cocoa and production of palm oil, and in this regard, the Federal Government will come to assistance. Adding that the potential for export in the horticulture is very high and Nigeria has the resource base.

In his Conclusion, Alhaji Nanono promised to link the association with the Bank of Agriculture to see how the bank will be able to finance the association requests.
The Association Coordinator, Mr Ayodele thanked the Minister in anticipation of the favourable consideration of the requests and solicited for unflinching and perpetual support to the great network of farmers.

FG Redeems Pledge to Support Smallholder Farmers Affected by Flooding, As Nanono Flags-Off Input Distribution In Kebbi And Jigawa States.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono , on Friday, November 27, 2020 flagged-off the Ministry’s distribution of farm inputs to smallholder farmers in Kebbi and Jigawa States worst hit by the recent flooding that ravaged farmlands in both states and other parts of the country. He said that the exercise is in fulfillment of the pledge he made to the farmers during his earlier visit in the wake of the flood disaster.

The Minister, in the company of Governors; Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Mohammed Baduru Abubakar of Jigawa State, respectively, during his separate visits to both States, reminded them of his pledge to return to the states with relief packages to assist the affected farmers. He said, “ you may wish to recall that I visited you some few weeks back at the peak of the flooding in this area and made a promise that I would come back with some relief materials to assist the affected farmers. So, today, I am here to fulfill that promise”.

Speaking at the separate events held at the Kebbi Stadium and Auyo Secretariat in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Nanono pointed out that the advent of the floods had greatly compounded the negative impact heralded by the Covid-19 Pandemic on the nation’s food security situation. He further stated that the “desire to alleviate the loss and suffering caused by the floods informed the Ministry’s decision to support the smallholder farmers with various inputs especially improved seeds of some priority crops namely; rice, maize, wheat and cowpea through the farmer’s associations, women and youth groups in the flood-affected areas”.

The Minister urged the beneficiaries “to use these inputs in this dry season to produce food for their households and the nation”. He expressed optimism that “this support will greatly improve our food and nutrition security as well as enhance our smallholder farmers’ recovery from the effect of these natural disasters”. Nanono said the flag-off exercise “is the beginning in the series of distribution of the Ministry’s support to farmers who are victims of the flood disaster that occurred recently.

There will be other input support distribution in other parts of the country where farmers have been greatly affected by the flood. Improved seeds and seedlings of maize, yam, sweet potato, rice and wheat among others will be distributed to farmers in the affected areas”. According to the Minister, “this is the first tranche of what we have in our Federal Department of Agriculture store. More support from the Ministry will still come to you. This is another promise that would be fulfilled In sha Allah”. Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, represented by the Deputy Governor, Col Samaila Yombe (Rtd), acknowledged the massive support of the Federal Government to the State since the flood disaster.

He expressed confidence that the farm input will help to boost the dry season farming in the state. In his remarks, Governor of Jigawa State, represented by Hon Commissioner for Agriculture in the State, Alhaji Mohammed Alhassan, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his love and care for Nigerians and commended the Minister for fulfilling his promise to revisit the state to flag -off the input distribution.

He admonished the people not to see the inputs as food to be eaten but that it is seeds expected to be reproduced. The Commissioner of Agriculture in Kebbi State, Alhaji Attahiru Machido, in his remarks stated that the recent flooding experienced by the state was monumental and had affected the economy, farmlands, infrastructure, and livelihoods. He said the farm input is a welcome development and solicited more support from the government.

Director, Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), Mrs Karima Babaginda, thanked the states for their cooperation in the distribution exercise and urged them to make judicious use of the inputs for food sustainability in the country.

PROGRAMME ALERT: Agric Reality TV Show to Empower Nigerian Youths Debut.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Startimes, Radio, Television and Theatre Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) and other Stakeholders would commence an Agricultural reality show called NAIJA FARMER. The Naija Farmer Reality show is a youth empowerment project aimed principally to transform unemployed Nigeria youths to Employers of labour. 

The project would create over 1 Million Agribusiness owners within 10 years and by extension lift over 20 Million youths out of poverty in the next decade, pursuant to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledged to lift Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. All participants would receive Seed Capital from the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and other financial institution to establish Smallholder Agribusiness after the extensive training on television.

Beneficiaries will also become celebrities and supermodels for upcoming farmers and Nigerian youths. The Maiden edition of Naija Farmer reality show would include 21 Housemates selected from the Six Geopolitical zones of the country at a located Naija Farmer House in Abuja. It would be a – 24-hour Reality Show on Channel 140 of Startimes Bouquet already being test run. The channel would in addition showcase a 24-hour Reality Entertainment and progress made in the Agricultural Sector. 

The Naija Farmer Reality show would commence officially on 29th November 2020 on Channel 140 of Startimes Bouquet.

FMARD Repositions Its Agencies and Research Institutes for Sustainable Food Production and Diversification.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that the ministry will continue to strengthen its partnership with its agencies and agricultural research institutes in order to collectively deliver on its mandate.

He said the collaboration would help to further strengthen sectoral linkages and promote import-substitution, enterprise development, value-added processing and economic diversification. The Minister made this statement during the One-Day Retreat for Chief Executives and Chairmen of Boards of Agencies and Parastatals of the Ministry held at Chida Hotel, Jabi –Abuja on Thursday,19th November 2020. Alhaji Sabo Nanono informed that ‘’ In line with the Ministry’s signed deliverables with the Presidency, the priority area for food security entails engagement with state and non-state actors to facilitate programmes to farmers on mechanization, extension delivery, commodity production, storage facilities, agro-processing, grazing reserves, livestock transformation and fisheries’’. 

The Minister noted that ‘’ at the moment, the Ministry took a pragmatic approach of repositioning the agricultural research system, securing 20,000 to 100,000 hectares of land per State for agricultural use, and promoting agro and agro-allied cluster activities nationwide’’. He pointed out that ‘’ expectations are to deploy improved varieties, expand the cultivable land area and support agribusiness undertakings in the country’’. 

Nanono emphasized that  ‘’ towards having a mutual commitment to growing the sector, we must comply with the established protocols of channelling policies, views and requests from the Executive Managements through the Governing Boards of Parastatals to the Authorities of the Ministry’’. He reiterated that ‘’ for the Ministry’s representatives on the Boards of Parastatals, you are to update your principals on vital issues resolved at Board Meetings while relaying the Ministry’s position on such issues to respective Parastatals Board and Management’’. 

The Minister Observed that ‘’ the provisions of Administrative Guidelines and Procedures on the relationship between Ministries and Parastatals, are to enable us to ensure orderliness, responsibility, transparency and consensus in the conceptualization and implementation of policies, programmes and projects’’. He also said that ‘’ We all need to recommit ourselves to the development of the sector by aligning progress, fine-tuning strategies, de-risking options, streamlining interventions, pooling resources and implementing projects.

Failure, ladies and gentlemen, is not an option’’. He assured that ‘’the Ministry under my leadership is open to constructive interface and will support any concept, initiative and strategy that can guide, facilitate and fast-track the implementation of policies, programmes and projects in the agricultural sector. In his remarks, the Hon. Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri stated the need for consensus in the handling of the policy, sectoral and personnel matters in a manner that will resolve them amicably and forestall misrepresentation, misconception and poor guidance.   

Hon. Baba Shehuri expressed the need to strengthen our service delivery mechanism since much is expected from the sector to enhance the country’s capacity on food security, employment generation and wealth creation. According to him ‘’ only then will we be able to address the impact of the global health emergency and the high expectation of present administration on the Agriculture sector’’. 

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Abulkadir Mu’azu stated that ‘’ our responsibility is to align sectoral strategies with the goal of social inclusion, as well as economic diversification and livelihood expansion, and therewith, implement policies, programmes and projects for impactful development in the country’’. Dr Mu’azu noted that ‘’ our stakes, responsibilities and commitments are anchored on inclusiveness, transparency and accountability in the conceptualization of initiatives and interventions, through a strategic partnership with State Governments, Farmer Associations, Private Sector Organizations and Development Partners’’. 

The Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Colleges, Institutions and Federal Universities of Agriculture, Hon Munir Danagundi in his goodwill message, stressed that there is need for performance chart for monitoring and evaluation of Agencies to ensure value money, accountability and transparency in the Agric sector towards achieving diversification policy of President Muhammadu Buhari. In his presentation titled ‘’ Strengthening the Relationship between Ministry and its Parastatals through Strategic Communication, the Director, Planning and Policy Coordination in the Ministry, Alhaji Zubairu Abdullahi stated that the outcome and the overall impacts of effective and efficient communication cannot be overemphasized as synergy among agencies is key to the attainment of the ministry’s mandate as well as the ministerial deliverables.  

Address by The Honourable Minister Of Agriculture & Rural Development, Alh. Mohammad Sabo Nanono

WELCOME ADDRESS by the Permanent Secetary

Leadership & Teamwork for Transformation MIN of Agric 2020 by Dr. Dan E. Aighewi

Strengthening The Relationship Between The Ministry and Its Parastatals Through Strategic Communication by Zubairu Abdullahi

SPEECH OF THE HON. MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AT THE FLAG-OFF OF THE 2020 WORLD ANTIMICROBIAL AWARENESS WEEK (WAAW)

Protocol

I am delighted to be here with you to Flag-off this year’s World Antimicrobial Awareness Week celebration in Nigeria.

The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is an annual event held every November since 2015. The main aim of the week is to raise awareness on the health threats posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as well as to promote good practices that limits the emergence and spread of resistant infections globally.

The week was instituted by the tripartite organizations – World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

In Nigeria, the WAAW celebration started in 2017 with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control championing the celebration under the One Health platform. The week is usually being marked with awareness creation and sensitization activities such as symposium, road shows, media engagements, school debates while at the same time targeting various stakeholders that are critical to the tackling of the AMR scourge in the country.

Antimicrobial Resistance occurs when disease causative agents such as bacteria become resistant to the actions of antimicrobials which hitherto they were known to be susceptible.

Resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs is one of the most significant threats to global health, food security, and global development in general. Antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antimicrobials in humans and animals is accelerating the process. Globally, we are running out of effective antibiotics. We can no longer ignore the urgency and gravity of this issue. If we don’t tackle this urgently, decades of advances in health and medicine are at risk of being undone.

Antibiotics use in Agriculture has been found to be a major driver of AMR with consequences on human health, animal health, plant health and food safety. Livestock farmers use antibiotics as growth promoters and egg boosters, especially in places where regulation is poor and antibiotics can be purchased without a prescription. Also, humans we are always self-medicating with inappropriate amounts of antibiotics to try to get well.

The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week aims to increase awareness about the problem and the steps we all need to take to tackle it.

We all have a role to play!

AMR is a One Health Issue –that must be tackled at the human – animal – environment interface. Today, I call on all of us to join this campaign to stop the overuse and misuse of antibiotics

As a government and policy-maker, we would take the leadership in getting the right policy in place, to ensure that antibiotics are not misused and overused.

It is also very important to emphasize that the veterinary professionals should use antimicrobials responsibly and prudently especially in food producing animals. Antibiotics should only be prescribed if they are really needed to treat infections in animals

To our Farmers, don’t use antibiotics to promote growth in animals. Antibiotics should only be used when prescribed by a Veterinary professional, for the duration indicated and withdrawal period must be observed. Vaccinations, biosecurity measures and good animal husbandry practices will reduce infections and use of antibiotics in livestock

For the pharmaceutical companies, there is need to be responsible and accountable in the marketing, supply and distribution of antimicrobials.

And finally, for the general public, let us wash our hands regularly and thoroughly to stop germs from spreading. Don’t pressurize your doctor to prescribe antibiotics if they’re not needed. And if you really do need them, make sure to always follow your doctor’s advice on the right course of treatment.

In conclusion, antimicrobial resistance is one of the issues on which we will be judged by future generations. Our actions now will shape animal and public health for decades to come.

And on this note, I wish to formally launch the 2020 WAAW celebration in Nigeria. I will unveil a billboard displaying messages on what we need to know about AMR and what we can do to prevent it. Kindly endeavor to take home the messages and share with your loved ones.

Thank you

PROGRAMME ALERT: The 2020 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) #waaw2020. #WAAW2020

Theme: Let’s Handle Antimicrobials With Care.

As part of the activities to commemorate the Antibiotic Awareness Week from 18th-24th November 2020, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is Flagging-off the 2020 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW).

In order to create awareness on the threats of antimicrobial resistance to human, animal and environmental health, the Tripathite (World Health Organization, Food and Agricultural Organization and World Organization for Animal Health) has set aside the second week in November every year to increase awareness on antimicrobial resistance globally and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.

Nigeria has been commemorating the antibiotics awareness week since 2017. The Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services is planning activities to mark the 2020 World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW).

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