FG, STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO DEVELOP A ROADMAP FOR FEED SECURITY IN NIGERIA.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has expressed optimism that developing a clear cut roadmap for the animal feed sub sector of the livestock value chain would provide direction for animal feed security in Nigeria. He noted that animal feed account for 70% of the cost of animal production, thereby making it the most important consideration in the livestock business
Delivering the keynote address during the First National Animal Feed Security Summit, held at International Conference Centre, Abuja, today, Thursday, 23rd September, 2021 with the theme: Developing a Roadmap for the Animal Feed Security in Nigeria, the Minister, ably represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe said that ‘’ to transform the animal feed sector, Nigeria must embark on livestock feed production, industrialization, Feed Value Chain Development, Development of National Animal Feed and Feed Safety Policy, among others’’.
Dr. Mahmood Abubakar stated that the issue of animal feed and human food security was a a priority agenda. According to him, “the Ministry has been committed to the development of the nation’s feed industry by making budgetary provision for capacity building on Alternative Ingredients such as cassava peels and cocoa pod with supply of cottage feed-block mold in some states in the East and West of Nigeria based on comparative advantage’’.
The Minister further said that to support the livestock farmers alleviate the cost of feeds, the Ministry procured and distributed ruminant feed concentrates, salt licks, finished feeds to small-holder farmers across the country.
Dr. Abubakar added that the livestock sub- sector alone “engages over 5 million Nigerians directly or indirectly as technical or skilled personnel, distributors, fabricators of tools and machinery, input suppliers and generates massive employment across various value chains and strengthens the national social safety net with copious contributions to food security, household income and poverty reduction’’.
He commended President Muhammmadu Buhari for granting the approval for the release of 500Mt of maize from the Strategic Food Reserve to the Poultry Association of Nigeria for the Feed Industry to alleviate the suffering of the livestock farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his welcomed address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, represented by Director Special Duties in the Ministry, Mrs Fausat Lawal charged the participants ‘’to focus on the agenda for the Ministry in charting a new course for Nigerian Animal Agriculture as a business in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration to leverage the Agricultural sector for wealth creation, employment generation and diversification of the economy and roadmap for Animal Feed Security in Nigeria with a view to proffering solution that will surmount the complex challenges stirred up by Covid-19 and global warming in the animal feed sector’’.
Dr. Umakhihe stated that the summit has come at the right time as the world is facing serious challenge of food and feed security as a result of Global warming and Covid-19 pandemic.
In her goodwill message, the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Dr Ramat Tijjani Aliyu, represented by the Acting Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Ishaq Sadeeq, said the FCT administration has intensified the provision of necessary infrastructure in the four grazing reserves and has encouraged investors to embark on commercial production and conservation of pasture in the FCT.
In his address, the Chairman, Senate committee on Agriculture, Sen. Abdullai Adamu represented by Sen. Halliru Danda Jika, said that the stakeholders should look into small and large ruminant feeds in line with some state Government’s policies of promoting ranching by enacting the anti grazing in their various states, adding that there is huge potentials in that area as some companies are already into production of pelleted grasses.
Acting Director, Department of Animal Husbandary Services in the Ministry , Mrs. Winnie Lai-Solarin, thanked all the participants for their immerse contribution and various commitment towards the programme and assured the participants of the ministry’s readiness to cooperate with stakeholders, partners as well as investors in the sector to ensure that animal feed security was achieved in Nigeria.
The 6TH Edition of the Feed Nigeria Summit 2021, with the theme “POST-COVID19: A Repaired Food System, Pathway to a Revived Economy”, Kicked off today, at Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja. The Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono said that there is need to reposition the agricultural sector as the key economic growth vehicle, stating that the Summit would build Nigeria’s Agribusiness ecosystem efficiently and sustainably.
According to the Minister, ‘’ the theme of this year’s summit, “POST-COVID19: A Repaired Food System, Pathway to a Revived Economy” could not be more pivotal to the national discourse on how to create a sustainable growth trajectory, using Agriculture as the leverage to revive and stabilize the economy’’.
Nanono pointed out that the summit offered the stakeholders, an opportunity to review the new agricultural Policy of the Ministry; the National Agricultural Transformation and Innovation Plan (NATIP) and to discuss the implementation vehicles for the processes.
He stressed that ‘’the Federal Government has continued to implement new strategies to aid the development of the agricultural sector and strengthen the value chain. The focus of the National Agricultural Transformation and Innovation Plan (NATIP) is to aid a new strategy that strengthens the agricultural financial system, reducing food imports and helping to refocus attention on agriculture as a key driver of the Nigerian economy’’.
The Minister informed that ‘’the current administration, under the leadership of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, is keen on creating an enabling environment for the private sector to lead the recovery of the agricultural sector. At the Ministry, we remain gallant in our support of strategic private sector incursions that will provide the much-needed infrastructure, systems, control processes, and oversight to ensure a nuanced commercial development of Nigeria’s agricultural market’’.
He further said ‘’ emphasis will be placed on tracking the implementation status of the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) as well as the Green Imperative Programme of the Government. By their Terms of Reference (ToR), these two programs will address the existing concerns around critical infrastructural provision, technological innovation, mechanization and extension, as core components of the FMARD’s policy thrust’’.
The Minster announced that the Mechanization policy would kick off by first quarter of next year, 2022 and it will cover 632 Local Government Areas, ‘’private sector driven services centers, with equipped tractors, farming implements, storage and IT facilities’’.
He charged the stakeholders including farmers, investors, financial institutions, Governments and Local communities continue to collaborate effectively in ensuring the full implementation of the policy.
In his remarks, the Minister of State for Agriculture Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri represented by Mrs. Karima Babangida, Director, Federal Department of Agriculture in the Ministry, stated that ‘’ for a sustainable Food System, we must rise to overcome the challenge of poor quality food supplies, hunger, malnutrition and improper food habit of promoting food wastage. Indeed the food consumption pattern must change to reduce food waste’’.
He added that ‘’ this is the acceptable consumption behavior globally that an average Nigerian especially in the Urban area pays little or no attention. If we devote so much to produce, we should pay more attention to avoid waste because of its economic and environmental impact negatively. Again, the private sector is called upon to champion the campaign against food wastage and support initiative to reduce food loss.
Shehuri assured that ‘’ the Ministry will continue to ensure that Agriculture moves rapidly towards modern technologies so that it exerts significant influence on the Nigeria Food System’’.
In his Goodwill message, the Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Institutes and Collages, Hon. Munir Babba Danagundi , stated that Nigeria is still recovering from the COVID 19 Pandemic adding that, Poor infrastructures, Gender, Climate change among other factors have brought about a decrease in food production.
Danagundi advised the Stakeholders to ensure the accessibility and availability of Food to the average Nigerian. According to him, ‘’there should be deliberate effort to encourage the production of conventional and unconventional protein in animals and partnership between the private sector, research institutes and investors both home and abroad.”
Other Stakeholders who spoke at the Summit including representatives from AfDB, IFAD and Agribusiness Enabling Environment, called for support of critical infrastructural provision and technological innovation to drive the policy thrust of the ministry geared towards achieving food and nutrition security, create jobs for the teeming Nigeria youths and boost the economy.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that strengthening of the Dairy Value Chain would improve the quality of locally produced milk, boost production and increase the network of milk suppliers in the country.
The Minister made this disclosure during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and FrieslandCampina WAMCO on Dairy Value Chain on Wednesday 18th August, 2021 in the Ministry’s Conference Hall, Abuja.
Nanono said that the significance of the Dairy Value Chain MoU is to strengthen the small holder dairy farming business which will help to transform the largely nomadic cattle herders to sedentary dairy farmers and also provide the required infrastructure and training in the Dairy Value Chain.
He pointed out that ‘’the Ministry will set up crossbreeding centers to produce quality heifers and strengthen the capacity of pastoralists and small holder dairy farmers to produce and supply raw milk to increase the market share of locally produced milk as well as create employable labour and expansion of investment opportunities for farmers’ prosperity”.
The Minister informed that FMARD and FrieslandCampina WAMCO have earlier collaborated on key programmes such as the Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD) and the Value for Dairy Consortium, which builds local expertise and strengthens relevant institutions to be self-sufficient in shaping the Nigerian dairy industry. The collaboration has been pulling together value chain actors with the right support from expert partners’’.
He lauded the FrieslandCampina WAMCO for its commitment towards carrying out programs and projects aimed at accelerating the pace of development in the Dairy Value Chain in Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO,Mr. Ben Langat, stated that “the initial MoU established a structure and model for dairy development in Nigeria. It brought to focus the urgent need to put in place the right infrastructure and expertise that will support local milk sourcing in Nigeria’’.
He added that‘’ building on the progress made, the renewal of the MoU will enable both parties to replicate the successes achieved in the past 10 years in Oyo, Ogun, Niger, Osun and Kwara states, in other parts of Nigeria whilst supporting various dairy co-operatives in the country.”
Mr. Langat stressed that ‘’under the MoU, both parties will provide a networking environment for 30,000 cattle herders and transform dairy farming practices by introducing improved techniques and also providing farmers with extension services to enhance raw milk quality and farm productivity. We will introduce commercial credit to farmers and build confidence between benefiting farmers and financial institutions for viable agri-business.”
The partnership seek to support mutual goal of expanding economic opportunities in the dairy sub-sector and agreement to renew the MoU would reflect mutual intention to cooperate, coordinate and combine resources to achieve this objective whilst taking concrete steps to resolve the challenges identified in the past five years.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO is the producer of Peak, Three Crowns, Olympic, Nunu and Coast milk brands and also a critical Stakeholder in the Livestock sub sector.
The Hon Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has called on the members of the newly reconstituted Governing Council of the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) to brace up towards the development of the agricultural sector by encouraging technical cooperation on soil extension services in the nation.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony held at the Yar’ Adua Center in Abuja, Thursday, 19th August, 2021, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, represented by the Director, Human Resource Department in the Ministry, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi, said their appointments were clear indication of their hardwork, dedication , expertise and experience which will be brought to bear in the discharge of their duties in improving the Institute.
Nanono said the Ministry intends “to turn Nigeria into a global powerhouse in food production with a view to enhancing the quality of soil data generation for appropriate analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other related intra and inter-sectoral linkages through effective harmonisation of methods, measurement and indicators”.
The minister commended the 5 year strategic action plan launched by the Institute in March 2020, stating that, “it is being implemented along the objective of managing and protecting soil resources as well as encouraging technical cooperation on soil extension services. Therefore, your appointment in whatever capacity, is a clarion call to action, to transform the Agriculture sector of our country”.
He further said the strategic plan, “synchronises with the emerging framework of the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Plan 2021-2015, which focuses on enhancing agricultural research system, rural infrastructure development, private driven mechanisation, agro and agro-allied cluster expansion. It is also stressing knowledge generation and innovation for improvement in extension, productivity, value addition and market access.
Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof Ayoade Ogunkunle said, the Council has worked assiduously in pursuing the mission of the Institute which amongst others include: to regulate the practice of soil science in Nigeria in order to increase productivity for all stakeholders and ensure high agricultural productivity and food security.
He enumerated the achievements of the Council during its first tenure to include: the development and implementation of a 5-year strategic action plan, establishment of zonal offices for ease of monitoring of activities at the grassroots, inventorization programme to ensure soil analytical laboratories meet international standards and distribution of 240no soil test kits across the geopolitical zonal offices. Others are; the development of the draft National Agricultural Soil Management Policy, acquisition of land space for the state of art Analytical reference laboratory in Kaduna, nearing completion and also the mandatory continuous professional education to update its members with new development in the profession.
Prof Ogunkunle assured the minister that the Council under his chairmanship will adhere strictly to the mandate of their duties for the benefits of smallholders’ farmers at the grassroots.
In his vote of thanks, the registrar of the Institute, Prof Victor. Chude, applauded the minister for the approval of laboratory spaces with additional space at the Kaduna soil laboratory in Kaduna and the overall support of the ministry in enabling the Institute attain its mandate so far.
He expressed appreciation to the Council for the enormous cooperation, support and commitment to the growth of the Institute while soliciting for more going forward to enable the Institute continue on the path to achieving its objective as the foremost regulatory Institute for Soil Science and agricultural practice in Nigeria.
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