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FAO tasks Nigeria on livestock sector investment for food, economic growth

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The Food Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) on Tuesday tasked the Federal government to show more commitment in the livestock sector to enhance food security and economic growth in the country.

Mr Fred Kafeero, FAO Representative in Nigeria made this known in abuja at the Inception workshop of the TCP/NIR/3701- piloting the demonstration of the National Livestock Transformation Plan in Nigeria (NLTP).

Kafeero said it was worthy of note that Nigeria has demonstrated a high commitment to develop the livestock sector through the NLTP.

He said the FAO has provided technical support for a Technical Cooperation Project ( TCP) to support scalable piloting of the plan through the promotion of best practices and adoption of simple technology.

Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, explained that the NLTP develops a plan for resettling and addressing the dislocated population in the conflict zones to enable them become a part of the agricultural modernisation process.

Kwasari added that the programme attempted to resolve serious issues around peacebuilding and community cohesion through livestock transformation.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr Abdulkari Mu’azu, in his keynote address said that the project was coming at a time the government was focusing on diversifying the economy with agriculture.

Mu’azu, who was represented by Mrs Winnie Lai-solarin, Acting Director Animal Husbandry Services FMARD, said the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livestock industry had made the intervention expedient.



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