Naija Foodie Update

Foodie Naija Update ( Livestock Potentials In Agriculture)

The Manager, Yobe Livestock Development Programme, Dr
Mustapha Gaidam, on Sunday advised government to exploit the potentials in livestock
agriculture to reposition Nigeria’s economy and create
employment.

Gaidam told the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu that the sub-sector has the capacity to raise the country’s Gross
Domestic Product.

He urged federal and state governments to establish livestock skill acquisition centres to train youths in poultry, animal husbandry, fish farming, dairy
and beef production.

This will address the beef, dairy, poultry and fish needs of the
country to guarantee food security, generate revenue and
provide employment.

To make this work, government should partner with financial
institutions for credit scheme to beneficiaries while technical experts are engaged to provide
technical skills,” said the general
manager.

Gaidam projected an annual employment of 6,000 youths
under livestock production while
the skill centres would serve as
centres for research and data collection for national planning.

He said the economic crunch suffered by the country should
serve as a wake-up call towards
diversifying the economy against
over-dependence on oil.

Nigeria should see the fall in oil price as an opportunity to open up other sources of revenue that will develop the economy and
provide employment to the citizenry.” The general manager said:

There are rich unexploited
potentials in livestock agriculture in every part of Nigeria with the capacity to improve the economy
of the citizenry and to boost revenue base of the nation.”

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