Professor Eustace Ayemere Iyayi, Registrar/ CEO of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), has expressed optimism that the Institute’s collaboration with the Premier Agribusiness Academy (PAA) towards capacity development of livestock farmers and other stakeholders in the value chain would soon begin to yield positive results.
In an interactive session with newsmen, Professor Iyayi said that the purpose of the MoU is to create a convergence between what NIAS does as a government agency purposely for the regulation of the animal husbandry industry with professional training institute like PAA to help drive its livestock development agenda, consequent to the market development knowledge and skills acquired by the academy over the years.
“We expect that with our collaboration with PAA, there will be an upliftment in the skill acquisition of all those that are connected with livestock production.
“We are very hopeful that the knowledge that will be acquired through the training that will take place will help sharpen our skills and upscale livestock businesses across the value chain, resulting in higher productivity and profitability of livestock businesses.
“Our choice of PAA as facilitators is as a result of the academy’s antecedents of excellence and participant testaments from their past training programmes as well as their collaborations with world class institutes all over the world,” he said
It would be recalled that during a collaborative meeting of NIAS, IITA and PAA which held recently at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo state, he revealed that the unavailability of quality and affordable livestock feed to farmers can 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.
Source: Daily Independent