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Nigeria: FAO, FMARD begins implementation of the national livestock transformation plan

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The federal government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development -FMARD and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) has began the implementation of the national livestock transformation plan in Niger and Kaduna states.

“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has estimated that Nigeria spends $5 billion to import foods annually out of which $1.5 billion goes to importation of milk and other dairy products.”

Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Abdulkadir Mu’azu, stated this at a workshop of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations Technical Cooperation Project (TCP), with focus on the implementation of the national livestock transformation plan in Niger and Kaduna states.

The huge bill is due to the long neglect of the livestock sector which has put a lot of burden on the import bill of the country.

About $5 billion worth of food is imported annually into the country, out of which milk and dairy products accounts for between $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion. The challenges of the livestock sector include poor breed quality, farmer conflicts, and banditry.

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