Post by Deleted on Dec 4, 2015 11:59:53 GMT
Animal artificial insemination centres coming
The Federal Government will set up about 200 animal artificial insemination centres across the country, Agriculture and Rural Development Minster Chief Audu Ogbeh has said.
Ogbeh spoke when he received a delegation of officials from Ireland, led by the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Marine and Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, in his office in Abuja.
Ogbeh, who decried the production or less than one litre of milk daily by cattle in the country, said 37 per cent of children are malnourished, according to the United Nations international Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
He noted that the administration would collaborate with developed countries, particularly, the Irish government to move the agricultural sector forward.
He said various initiatives and technical programmes would be introduced to attract youths into the sector, noting that the sector had hitherto been left to the older generation.
Ogbeh said the ministry would engage in massive irrigation system in the north to grow feeders to feed the cattle and prevent their migration.
He praised the delegation of Irish officials for their visit and their determination to foster better partnership with Nigeria.
He said the nation was ready to partner with the Irish government in capacity building, livestock production as well as expansion of palm oil and sugar industries, among others.
Ogbeh said the ministry would open up further discussions with the delegation to share ideas and knowledge on how to move the agricultural sector forward.
Coveney said the purpose of their visit was to build on the relationship between the two countries to boost trade and investments in agriculture.
He said Ireland is good in food technology and development of indigenous capacity in agriculture.
He said the Irish government was ready to share its 50 years’ experiences in agriculture with Nigeria. He said his country has many youths in the agriculture, adding that this would be replicated in Nigeria.
Coveney said Ireland produces about 40 per cent of infant formula globally.
The Ireland Minister praised the focus of the Buhari administration on the diversification of the economy to agriculture, saying about 43 Irish firms were in the country. He said food firms from Ireland would link up with the country to create jobs, wealth and add value to food production.
He invited officials of the ministry to Ireland for knowledge sharing which would be needed to develop the sector.