CAN WE KNOW YOU SIR?
My name is Yakim Kasim, I am the operation manager CEMS Nigeria. Concerning the upcoming Nigerian poultry and livestock expo, can you please tell me, what the
programme is all about.
Okay, the Nigerian poultry and livestock expo is an event, an exhibition or let me call it be to be meeting between the Nigeria
livestock and poultry industry and foreign poultry and livestock companies from about six or seven countries. So during the event they will meet to discuss the future opportunity on us to make this industry productive and progressive and also to address some issues that is affecting
Nigeria poultry and livestock industry.
Also there is going to be lots of Nigerian companies that is going to participate, those that have a new product they are going to how case to the world. Generally
the purpose of putting this package together is to promote Nigerian poultry and livestock industry to the world, that We are
also producers; we produce poultry and livestock feed, equipments, chemicals at our
own level here in Nigeria.
We also want to use this opportunity to tell the whole world that in the whole of West Africa that Nigeria is the largest marketers for poultry and
livestock products and services.
WHILE I WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR SITE I FOUND OUT THAT 25% OF AGRICULTURAL GDP IS THE LIVESTOCK AND 80 BILLION NAIRA IS THE ESTIMATED COMMERCIAL VALUE OF LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY, SO WITH THIS HOW DO YOU INTEND TO BOOST AND INCREASE THE AGRICULTURAL REVENUE IN THE COUNTRY CONSIDERING THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY AT THE MOMENT, MAYBE FROM 80 BILLION TO SOMETHING BETTER?
Before I answer that question, apart from what we are doing to promote this sector in Agriculture, since Poultry and Livestock
is a sector in agriculture. Aside from what we are also doing in our company to help this industry, the federal government has to take reasonable step to promote this sector too. I think recently the vice president Yemi Osibanjo mention a certain plan, a project
that they want to Input in this industry to make it boom. Because there is a lot of prospect, a lot of future benefits in this towards economic development.
So back to our question, during this event we have companies from advanced countries, when
I talk about advanced countries It means countries that have practicalized systems that have innovations that have caused
great economic boom in this poultry and livestock sector in China, India and Jordan, so these countries are going to come for this event to introduce to us what they have, we have companies that are into veterinary, equipment, even in reproduction in the poultry and livestock.
So these countries are going to gather here that day to exchange knowledge with their Nigerian counterpart, to exchange ideas on
how we can improve this industry by applying those method they have been using and we believe that if this meeting can be properly explored there will be a huge turn around in the Nigeria poultry and livestock sector, because in the history of Nigeria poultry and livestock there has
being no event so big, and so wide that will cover both livestock and poultry at a time.
This is the first time in the whole West Africa that an event like this will take place. We have had other events on poultry alone but this is the first time that we are bringing in two subsections in agriculture
together, so with those companies that the foreign delegates are coming, we hope they will contribute positively to this
sector and at the end of the event Nigeria would have learnt a lot from this other countries on how to improve this sector.
I DISCOVERED THAT NIGERIA SPENT AN ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS ON PRODUCTS IMPORTATION OF DAIRY AND NOW THE GOVERNMENT TARGET TO DOUBLE THEIR MILK PRODUCTION OVER 3-4 YEARS BOTH FOR DOMESTIC USE AND EXPORT PURPOSE ALSO. SO HOW DO YOU THINK THEY CAN BE ABLE TO DO THAT?
Thank you, it’s possible and its going to be a productive avenue for the economic growth of Nigeria. There are some countries in the world that do not have what Nigeria has, like crude oil, cocoa in terms of these natural resources, that the foreign exchange is based on these animals, I mean livestock, cattle rearing. When we come to diary the milk production just one of them we have hide and skin, bone, meat, we have fat, all these can be acquired or produced
from a cow, about the meat production is easy.
Look at how Nigerians involve in cattle or dairy farming, go to north you will see that.
In the whole West Africa Nigeria
produce enough metric ton to satisfy our milk need in Nigeria and also for the export.
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