Oyo state and 15 other states to receive $200m World Bank grant to improve livestock production

Oyo State has been listed among sixteen states of the federation that would benefit from a $200 million World Bank grant to improve livestock production in the country.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Water Resources and Rural Development, Barrister Oyewole Oyewunmi stated this yesterday during a press conference with representative of the World Bank team on Agriculture held at the conference room of the ministry.

Barrister Oyewunmi pointed out that the grant when accessed, would assist in boosting the various sectors of livestock production some of which include Poultry, Piggery, cattle and goat rearing, bee keeping, among others.

“World Bank and Federal Ministry of Agriculture are determined to intervene in rejuvenating the livestock industry in Oyo State and some others.” “

The livestock covers some value chain, namely poultry, piggery, sheeps and goats, cattle and honey. So also, we have some byproducts such as hides and skin as well as dairy.”

He stated that the World Bank would support the states through grants and soft loans from the listed focus areas.

The commissioner said that youths and women would benefit from the programme, adding they constituted 70 percent of the population. Fielding questions from newsmen on whether the state would consider the Federal Government initiative to establish cattle colonies in twelve states of the country which Oyo State is one, to end the perennial farmers and herdsmen crises in the country, the commissioner said details and modalities of the Federal Government planned cattle colony were still being looked into.

Oyewunmi, however, allayed the fears of the people on the issue of ranching, saying the programme was aimed at livestock productivity and development of value chain. “We heard that the Federal Government is considering building ranches as a way of solving the perennial crisis between herders and farmers in other to curtail the social and political crisis it was leading to

. “That idea has been proposed on the face of it, it would be the right move for government that ranching is a modern way of breeding cattle. “Oyo State has not taken any position on the issue of ranching, we have to see the modalities and methods to be used by the Federal Government.” He, however, said: “Ranching for herders will be treated as a private venture.

The Land Use Act of the Federal Government has neither been amended nor repealed as the Act still vested on the state governor ownership of land to hold in trust for its citizens.” Earlier, the World Bank Senior Economist, Mr Samuel Taffesse, said areas of intervention on the program were being examined in other to ensure its success. “The demand for livestock in Nigeria is higher than the supply.

Federal Government of Nigeria sought the assistance of World Bank in developing the livestock.” “About sixteen states, including Oyo State has signified interest as requested by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture,” he said. Taffesse said that the objective of the programme was to improve livestock productivity, develop resilience and strong value chain.

Bird flu: FG spends N2.8bn as compensation to poultry farmers

Minister for Agriculture, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Tuesday, said the Federal Government has spent about N2.8 billion as compensation to poultry farmers who lost their birds to avian influenza nationwide.

Lokpobiri told newsmen shortly after a familiarization tour of Agricultural Institutes under Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State.

The institutes include; Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) and National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaisons Services (NAERLS). Others are National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) and Division of Agricultural Colleges (DAC).

“Like I said earlier, we have just paid about N2.8 billion as compensation to people who lost their birds to avian influenza. Meanwhile, NAPRI took over a decade to be able to do research and we are able to get the birds that were resistant to avian influenza.

“But many Nigerians are not aware, even those that are aware do not know that NAPRI has the capacity to multiply and supply same to the market. Therefore, the institute has no business crying for money, you need to commercialise your research product,” he said.

The minister observed that commercialization of research had become a norm globally, hence the need for Nigerian research institutes to join the queue.

According to him, the professors and researchers are spending so much time and energy doing researches and evolving technologies, which should be commercialized by the institutes for maximum benefits to the public.

“What is the essence of doing a research if you cannot take it to the public, when they commercialize, they will get some additional money on top of what government is giving.

“This will change the whole dynamics of the agriculture sector and we have given that mandate to all our research institutes to do a lot more research, government cannot provide sufficient money for them to meet all their needs.

“But they have to do what they are paid to do, commercialize the research outputs not only to Nigerians but to the whole of the world, so that we can begin to use those products to get money from the rest of the world.”

Lokpobiri commended the agricultural institutes for a job well done, saying, “I have heard so much about what the institutes are doing and what ABU is doing, I am very happy that I am here today, I have come and I have seen.

“I will like to come back again and again until we achieve the objective for each of those institutes and you will agree with me agriculture wasn’t receiving the desired attention before this government came into power.

“But we are trying as much as possible to increase budgetary allocation to agricultural sector on a sustainable basis and the President is committed to ensuring that whether oil is $100 per barrel, agriculture is the way to go.”

He identified agriculture as the only path for Nigeria to attain self-sufficiency, adding that it was the only sure way to create jobs for the people, curb restiveness, reduce poverty and get people committed.

Lokpobiri explained that the present government was trying to make agriculture a business, adding that in the past, people see agriculture as a way of life.

The minister said agriculture had now become a business in every part of the world, adding that the richest people now are farmers.

“The richest people are those who are investing in agriculture because you may be an investor in oil and gas, I may decide not to patronize you, you may be an investor in textile, production of cars among others.

“Not everybody has a car but everybody eat food, whether you are poor, rich, healthy, sick, young, old you must eat food, but you may decide to wear one cloth for one year nobody cares.

“But you can’t eat a plate of food and have it again, so food is the most important industry in the world. Therefore, government is calling on Nigerians to see agriculture as a business, invest in it and create wealth for themselves,” he said.

CoELIB INCUBAR Call for Livestock Sector Startups

 

The desired end-state from the perspective of CoELIB Incubar is a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that empowers, provides economic opportunities and develops skills.

The reason for the existence of CoELIB Incubar is to rigorously facilitate the growth of ventures into profitable entities through provision of a business enabling environment.

This call targets the livestock sector. If you are a startup or an existing business interested in innovations in the livestock sector and would like to follow your passion in a business enabling environment, apply for a spot at CoELIB Incubar.

Call for Applications:

Livestock Innovation and Business call ( CALL CoELIB/17/0A1)

This call targets the livestock sector. If you are a startup or an existing business interested in innovations in the livestock sector and would like to follow your passion in a business enabling environment, apply for a spot at CoELIB Incubar.

PRIORITY AREAS

  1. Fast Moving Consumer Goods – (livestock value chain inspired)
  2. Livestock products
  3. Agribusiness innovations
  4. ICT innovations in livestock
  5. Innovations in food security

CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION

Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the CoELIB Program must:

  1. Have a business idea that will disrupt or have an impact along the Livestock Value Chain
  2. Have a business that has been operational for a period of less than 2 years that has disrupted or has an impact along the Livestock Value Chain.
  3. Be 35 years of age and below.

What will CoELIB Offer?

Advisory & Skills development Markets Infrastructure
IP management and legal advisory Market and industry reports Office space
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Business case development Assistance with market analysis Hot-desking space
Business and technical training Industry/sector specific networking events Free high speed internet
  Networking opportunities  

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Livestock Innovation and Business call