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FG TARGETS 1.6B LITRES MILK PRODUCTION ANNUALLY

The Federal Government has disclosed that its target for milk production is 1.6 billion litres per annum to achieve self-sufficiency in livestock products and animal protein needs.

This was disclosed by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, on Tuesday while unveiling the National Pasture Development Programme (NAPDEP), in Paikon Kore grazing reserve, in Abuja.

The minister stated that currently, 95% of Nigeria′s ruminant production is primarily managed under the traditional pastoral system.

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Dr Abubakar said, ”It is worth noting that more than 95% of Nigeria′s ruminant production is primarily managed under the traditional pastoral system,” citing that it was a characteristic of extensive system where naturally grown pastures were the main source of nutrition for the animals.

”Therefore, herders and husbanders rely on mobility in search of feeds, water, and friendly grazing areas.

”’The result of this continuous movement in search of pasture has adversely affected the animals’ attainment of their optimal productivity and consistently impaired our national capacity for self-sufficiency

”It also affected livestock products and animal protein needs, especially our national target of 1.6 billion liters of milk per annum.

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”The continuous extensive system of production is not a viable option since the land area for grazing and feed availability are severely limiting factors in the high livestock producing zones of Nigeria”.

Dr Abubakar stated that Nigeria’s current ranking by FAO is 15th in the world in cattle, fifth in sheep and third in goat, and 17th in camel farming.

 

 

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