About 250,000 jobs are expected to be created from the livestock agricultural development value chain, the Federal Government has said.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Tijani disclosed this yesterday at the maiden Joint Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in Abuja.
He said this will be achieved through continuous investment in the sub sector, adding that the government has commenced plans to setup a new department for animal production.
Tijani said: “Investment in the entire livestock value chain has the potential of creating an estimated 25,000 jobs within the next four years so government is ready to tap into the potentials so as to help farmers save billions of naira.
“We should be able to produce what we eat, to this end to make farmers remain on the business, the government has decided to raise tariff on farm crops that can be produced in Nigeria, so has to discourage importation,” he added.
The Minister condemned situations whereby government spends N100million on the importation of livestock product into the country.
However, he stated that the livestock transformation agenda will address the situation through plans to achieve self sufficiency in meat and livestock production by 2015.
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