The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said that it will soon begin to review the existing National Animal Feed Policy Document (NAFPD) to boost animal feed production in the country. The ministry said that this review will help to achieve the desired roadmap for animal feed production and address the challenges stopping the growth of the animal feed sector in the nation
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mrs. Fausat Lawal, spoke during an event that took place at Agricultural and Rural Training Institute, (ARMTI), Gudu, Abuja, and said that the review will produce a draft document before the forthcoming second animal feed summit.
Umakhihe stated that a draft of a feed policy document was developed at the end of the first animal feed summit that was held between September 23 and 25, 2021, in Abuja.
He stated that the FMARD successfully conducted and concluded the first national animal feed summit themed “Developing a Roadmap for Animal Feed Security in Nigeria,” saying that the summit attracted key stakeholders from policy, research and commerce arms of the feed industry and the broader livestock sub-sector.
Earlier, the Director of the Department of Animal Husbandry Services, Mrs. Winnie Lai Solarin, said that “the summit started in 2020 with a zero draft document adding that the first National Feed Policy brought about the copy that is being reviewed’’.
In her remarks, the Director of Animal Husbandry Services, FCT, Ms. Umma Abubakar, said that the policy guide will no doubt provide comprehensive implementation of activities beyond local production and improve the security of the animal feed sector in the country.