NIGERIA'S CATTLE INDUSTRY: POTENTIALLY PROMISING BUT STUNTED

An Expert's View about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Nigeria

Posted on: 20 Dec 2011

The Nigerian Cattle industry is a great disappointment. Despite billions of Naira that have been poured into it, there is nothing to show for it in terms of the necessary will required to  orchestrate its development in a sustainable manner. The key priorities that need to be addressed have been neglected for so very long that they seem to be festering sores that have metastasized across the entire Cattle Industry rendering it virtually useless. Our main cattle breeds are not been improved in a systematic way either for beef or dairy purposes and animal health problems continue to exact an extremely heavy toll.To exacerbate the already bad situation, cattle related commercial ventures  are very badly neglected as a result of which the entire industry wallows in a low technology subsistence mode. To put it bluntly, contrary to what people may think, Nigeria does have the capability to produce very large quantities of dairy products as well as export beef to other countries like China. Alas we have refused to integrate into the civilized and proper way of doing things as a result of which we have an industry bedevilled by an inordinately bloated number of illiterate and uncouth workers, who end up being poorly paid and unhealthy. Abattoir technology is in a shameful state and the veterinary infrastructure would seem to be virtually non-existent. What to do?


Posted: 20 December 2011

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Opeoluwa Shonekan, Consultant