The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it aims to train more local farmers for modern dairy practices as part of its effort to improve productivity in the country’s livestock sector.

Federal permanent secretary of agriculture Abdulkadir Mu’azu told reporters in the northwestern state of Kano that the training is part of the government’s effort to make the dairy or livestock sector more profitable and enhance economic diversification.

Over 200 farmers are currently being trained in Kano on how to improve the milk productivity of their animals and their knowledge on the kind of food and drugs to give their animals during the dry season.

The training, which according to the Mu’azu, will continue from time to time, is one of the ways through which the government is creating awareness on the modern ways of livestock industry.

Livestock plays a vital role in providing food in form of animal protein, employment, and income generation, the official said, noting as Nigeria’s population continues to grow, there would be a higher demand for livestock products such as meat, egg, dairy, and leather.

“The urgent need to increase animal production cannot be overemphasized,” he added. Enditem


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