LAGOS – Veterinary Council of Nigeria has assured its readiness to work with the Amo Group not only in the area of reinvigoration of the veterinary profession in Nigeria to further grow the profession, but also to grow the agricultural sector and the economy of the nation.
AIG, Dr. Aisha Abubakar Baju, President of VCN gave the assurance while he paid a two-day courtesy visit to Amo Group operational base in Awe, Oyo State.
Baju, who was accompanied by other council members including Dr. Ezenwa Isaac Nwakonobi (Council Registrar) Dr. Tunji Nasir (President, CommonWealth Veterinary Association), Dr. Femi Kayode, Dr. Ibrahim Shehu (President, Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association) and Dr. (Mrs.) Oputa-Chime Helen Ego (Council Zonal Co-coordinator, South West) explained that the visit was part of the Council’s inspection to the South West.
She said it was necessary for the council to visit Amo Group in view of the strategic position it occupies in the nation’s veterinary establishments and agricultural sector, being the only Pure-line Breeder Farm for dual purpose poultry birds in Africa and the foremost fully integrated poultry farm in Nigeria.
She also acknowledged the employment opportunities provided to the many veterinary doctors within the Group as well as its scientific research capabilities which led to the significant breakthrough on Noiler bird.
The VCN President acknowledged the opportunities for the profession arising from this, its contribution to the national economy through the support and engagement provided to the Group’s immediate communities and the country at large.
Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, Group Managing Director, Amo Group, while receiving the Council members in company of top management of the Group, expressed delight at the visit and thanked the Council for the important confidence boost.
He said Amo sees the visit from the Council as a show of commitment and readiness for partnership by the Council to further the course of both VCN and the Group.
Oduntan commended the Council for its many achievements in positioning the noble profession and pointed out the need for the Council and Amo Group to work together to improve national policies that will strengthen the profession and allow local industries the enabling environment to succeed in the sector.
According to him, the government at all the levels must be meaningfully engaged, supported and be guided to provide the necessary friendly regulations to protect the local industries and encourage growth and development in the interest of the nation.
Oduntan pointed out that Amo Group being the only fully integrated animal protein group in the country with significant operations in the poultry, feeds and concentrates, beef and fish value chains in Nigeria have Factories, Farms and operation bases across nine states of federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory with distributor activities across all the states of the Federation making the group a significant contributor to the nation’s economy.
He stated that companies in the Group are proudly Nigerian and are solidly committed to the long term prosperity of the country and Africa.
Dr. Agboola Belgore, General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Administration, while briefing council members about the business scope and achievements of Amo Group, revealed that the Group is a proudly Nigerian conglomerate in the end to end value chain of animal protein, the number one producer of Day Old Chicks in the country and the only Pure Line Breeder Farm for Dual Purpose Poultry Birds in Africa.
He said through continuous in-house research programmes over the last 16 years, the Amo Group was able to develop the Noiler dual purpose poultry bird in Africa which is expected to significantly impact rural poverty within five years by providing animal protein to poor households at an affordable price and minimal maintenance cost.
“The Noiler bird is positioned to empower over one million rural women by the end of 2021. By selling this dual purpose to rural housewives at subsidised rates, the Group intends to create wealth and reduce malnutrition in this often neglected demography.
“This will provide each housewife with an opportunity to earn N60, 000 from a N15, 000 investments while increasing the average protein intake to the recommended 20g per day.
“Placing Noiler among the poorest of the poor will change the face of poverty and malnutrition in Nigeria,” he added.
Speaking further Belgore said: “With the establishment of Natnupreneur Farmers Scheme (Broiler out grower scheme), the Group has reactivated and supported over 3,500 Poultry farms across Nigeria which were previously moribund or underutilising their capacity.
The Group also off -takes live broiler birds from farmers which are processed at our abattoirs in Ibadan (South west farmers), Uyo (South South and South East farmers) and Kaduna (Northern farmers).
He noted that from 2014 to 2018 alone, over N7.2 Billion was paid to Natnupreneur Farmers for birds purchased.
“The Group’s out grower scheme for maize and soya bean seed is under development and is expected to create wealth among rural farmers, transporters and traders.
“The Group comprises Amo Byng Nigeria Limited which was established in 1987 to produce high quality finished feeds and concentrates for poultry, cattle, pigs, fish and other livestock animals. Amo Byng also has two soya beans processing plants in Jos and Awe.
Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Limited is a leader in the production of day-old chicks, natnudO Foods (a division of Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Limited) processes and markets Frozen poultry products, Frozen Ranched Beef products and Freshwater catfish fish as natnudO Chicken, natnudO Beef and natnudO Fish.
“Diversay Solutions Limited was established in 2007. It imports high quality input for successful animal production such as Veterinary Drugs, Veterinary Vaccines, Disinfectants, Animal Production Equipment and Feed Additives.
The company also runs commercial laboratory services to support farm production.
“It has a full-fledged Consultancy unit that commercially advises new Animal production start-ups, thriving operations and Ailing operations on best and most impactful practices that guarantees profitability and growth.
“DSL Pharma is a new division of the business involved in local manufacturing of Veterinary drugs and disinfectants” he said
Highlight of the visit was a facility tour of Amo Group in Awe by Council members, including feed mills, farms and hatcheries as well as the high capacity chicken abattoir in Akinyele, Ibadan. The President and Council members were excited at the level of investment, automation and sophistication of the facilities they saw and commended the industry and foresight of the Group.
Source: Daily Independent