Institute, Others to Train Farmers
The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and Premier Agribusiness Academy (PAA) have identified shortage of maize and soybean; which are the two most important ingredient used in poultry feed as the main factor crippling the poultry sector in Nigeria.
Registrar / CEO, Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Prof. Eustace Iyayi, while addressing stakeholders during a collaborative meeting held with Premier Agribusiness Academy (PAA) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo state said, the unavailability of quality and affordable livestock feed to farmers could be attributed to the shortfall in local production of maize and soybean in the country.
According to him, it became imperative for NIAS to pay attention to livestock feed production in order to avoid livestock starvation, unprofitability and indebtedness of farmers especially those still struggling to remain in business.
He pointed out that the solution to the scarcity and high price of maize and soybean was to increase local production through farmer participation.
Iyayi explained that, if farmers can be properly trained on global best practices in feed production, individual farmers will be able to independently make quality feeds needed for his livestock consumption.
He appealed for the collaboration of IITA in this regard.
The DG, PAA, Francis Toromade assured that, PAA is ready to help train farmers on global most impactful practices (MIP) in maize and soybean production with the assistance of IITA.