Monday, 10 July 2017

Veterinarians asks FG to create Animal Health and Production Ministry

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State chapter of Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has appealed to the state and federal government to create ministry of Animal Health and Production as part of re-positioning livestock industry in the country.

The state Chairman of NVMA, Dr Uchenabo D.O, who made the appeal at “2017 Anambra Livestock Expo workshop” held at Cana House, Awka, explained that livestock production was crucial to socio-economic development and transformation of rural sectors.

According to Uchenabo, carving out livestock ministry out of the ministry of Agriculture, would enable the country, especially Anambra State to become an exporter of different kinds of meat such as beef, pork, chicken, mutton and goat meat.

“We only produce fresh eggs and chickens in commercial quantity. The state piggery production is still under-developed while cattle production for supply of both fresh milk and beef are almost impossible despite suitable evergreen pasture, available manpower and good topography for cattle rearing,” he added.

The State Chairman further implored the state government through its ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing & Export to equip the association with necessary infrastructures to boost and strengthen food security, and promotes meat export business, adding that "Our abattoir should be equipped for both Ante-mortem and Post-mortem disease diagnoses. There is also need for frequent capacity building and man-power development for the exposure of veterinarians on the use of modern information technology in disease control and livestock production."

Speaking earlier, Mr. Ebo .P.O, the Anambra State Director of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, regretted that although Nigeria livestock resource was a huge enterprise, only transhumance pastoralists practice commercialisation of the livestock while majority of the farmers are subsistence, forcing the country into importing most of her animal product in order to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

Representatives from Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Agricultural Development Programme(ADP), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and facilitators from the state agricultural ministry took turns to speak on the theme of the workshop. reports that the workshop which had as its theme, “Enhancing Profitability In a Challenging Economy," featured business forum by participating companies and certificates presentations to participants.



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