Tuesday, April 23, 2024

OYSADA Organized Seminar for Livestock Farmers in Collaboration with ILRI

In partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) organized a one-day seminar for livestock farmers to improve livestock farming in the state and in the country as a whole.

In partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) organized a one-day seminar for livestock farmers to improve livestock farming in the state and in the country as a whole.

The country director for ILRI Nairobi, Kenya, Dr.Tunde Adegoke Amole, who doubles as a technical partner agency for OYSADA, while speaking at the workshop with the theme “Developing Evidence-Based Plans, Policies, and Investment Options In The Livestock Sector,” called for commercial livestock production to boost the internally generated revenue of the state.

Dr. Amole disclosed that the workshop is meant to discuss how to set desired future goals through the development of a strategic road map for livestock in terms of production and productivity, adding that gone are the days of believing that the state climate does not support livestock production, boasting that things have changed because livestock is now growing in the state.

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When talking about livestock generally, people are of the opinion that it is not a thing of the south-west. They always think it is an occupation for the Fulani people. They think of people from somewhere else, but I can tell you we have livestock from the state. Amole said.

The Director General of OYSADA, who is also Executive Assistant to Governor Makinde on Agribusiness, Dr. Debo Akande, remarked that the essence of the workshop is to bring together all actors from the livestock sector to design a strategic plan for Oyo state to improve its livestock sector.

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He noted that talks about agriculture always focus on crops and that it is high time we started engaging stakeholders about livestock, to see how to expand the state economy through robust livestock production.

The Deputy Director General, IITA, Dr Ken Dashiell, represented by Sore Zain, described the conference as a timely one, while calling on the government to put infrastructure in place and the right technology in the livestock sector to meet the needs of the people.

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