THE RESOLUTION OF THE 41ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTION (NSAP) HELD AT THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA FROM 20TH – 24TH MARCH, 2016.
The Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) held her 41st Annual Conference tagged “Abeokuta 2016” at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The conference which was declared open by the Chairman and Vice-Chancllor of the host University, Prof. Olusola O. Oyewole had the theme “NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENHANCED ANIMAL PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA”. The 3-day conference which featured scientific paper presentations and exhibitions was attended by participants drawn from the industry, government and the academia.
Dignitaries that graced the opening ceremony of the conference were: The Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who was the Special Guest of Honour, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Ogun State, Mr. Odeyemi Oladipo Oladeinde; the former Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro who was the keynote speaker; the President and Registrar of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Prof. I. F. Adu and Dr. G.O. Oyediji, respectively.
The conference observed that:
- There is low level of animal productivity due to non application of modern techniques on a wide scale in animal production leading to high cost of animal products;
- There is a low level of animal protein intake occasioned by the high animal products cost and high level of poverty.
- There is over-dependence on imported semi-processed and processed animal products in the country leading to depletion of scarce foreign exchange;
- There are insufficient grazing reserves while the existing ones are in deplorable condition;
- There is some form of inconsistency in government policies and lack of effective implementation of previous government policies regarding livestock production in Nigeria.
The conference therefore resolved:
- That the use of responsible biotechnology and other improved techniques would enhance animal production in Nigeria. Consequently, the conference advocates the application of the following technologies:
- Genetic technologies, which involves the use of Genome Maps, Marker Assisted selection, transgenesis, genetic identification and molecular conservation;
- Recombinant hormones and immuno-modulation that involves bovine somatotropin;
- Feed enhancement and biosafety techniques;
- That livestock production should be vigorously promoted by government as a business to make it attractive and acceptable to the youths in order to reduce unemployment and the prevailing poverty in Nigeria;
- That government and the private sector should collaborate to play significant and specific roles in promoting the use of new technologies for enhanced animal production;
- That government at all levels, corporate bodies, institutions and well to do individuals should provide funding support for research and development to enhance animal production in Nigeria. In addition there is the need for human capacity building and improved dissemination of information to create awareness of research results;
- That massive rehabilitation of the existing grazing reserves and development of ranches should be pursued with vigour to minimize the incessant conflicts between crop farmers and pastoralists.
- That there is the need for improvement of indigenous pastures and animals by our research institutes to enhance sustainable local production of livestock.
Professor Augustine O. Ani Dr. Edeheudim B. Etuk