FG trains Nasarawa herdsmen in livestock feeds production
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday organised a one-day training workshop for herdsmen in Lafia on the production of livestock feeds.
Mr John Taiwo, the Director of Animal Husbandry Services in the ministry, said that the workshop was aimed at educating herdsmen on the production of supplementary feeds, particularly in the dry season.
Taiwo, who was represented by Mrs Ohemba Oghenekaro, noted that the ability of herdsmen to produce supplementary feeds would boost livestock production in the country.
“Research has shown that the lack of supplementary feeds has adversely affected livestock production in Nigeria; hence the need for the training that would enable livestock farmers to adopt improved methods for better outcome.’’
Taiwo said that the adoption of supplementary feeds as an alternative to cattle grazing would go a long way in addressing the incessant clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in the country.
He said that the government was committed to resolving the farmers-herdsmen clashes through various policies and programmes.
Malam Umaru Mohammed, State Director in the ministry, lauded the government’s initiative and urged the participants to take advantage of the workshop to boost their production.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants, drawn from all local government areas of the state, commended the government for the gesture.
They pledged to use the knowledge they acquired at the workshop to boost their productivity.
One of the participants, Malam Hussaini Adamu, however, appealed to the government to establish dedicated grazing routes, as part of measures to curb incessant herdsmen-farmers clashes.