The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has kick-started a five-day workshop in Abuja, on international training on livestock and reproductive techniques that will help change the narratives in the livestock sub-sector.
In collaboration with Mississippi State University, USA and SMAP FARMS Ltd, the Acting Director-General of NABDA, Professor Alex Akpa, disclosed at the opening ceremony that the training would center on fixing the recurrent clashes that have occurred between farmers and herders, due to the availability of bio-resources in the country.
“We are working together to host the international training on livestock assisted reproductive techniques,” he said.
According to him, the agency, being the leading partner has the mandate to give the right support to agricultural science, agribusiness and bio-technologies in the socio-economic development of the country.
He further explained that the training would help in repositioning Nigeria’s animal agriculture in order to support the Federal Government’s effort in resolving the issues relating to the livestock sub-sector.
On his part, the facilitator of the workshop, Dr. Mustapha Popoola, stressed that the training was to reduce the country’s assisted techniques in animal reproduction in Africa.
He noted that people use insemination and other several methods to improve their animals which in turn causes a reduction in the business of livestock.
“So instead of the animal getting a lot of productivity through that artificial insemination, they are getting smaller year by year,” he emphasized.