The State branch of the Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association ( MACBAN ), is partnering the State Government, in embracing the Feedlot Operational System, as against the much condemned Open Grazing System.
State Secretary of the body, Ahmed Danna, who is also the Secretary of the cattle dealers in the state, urged the national body and other cattle rearers to try the initiative put in place by the State Government.
Speaking in Akure at the end of a five-day training for corporate bodies, general public and other stakeholders with interest in agricultural value-chain business, with special emphasis on feedlot operational system, organised by Ondo State Agricbusiness Empowerment Centre (OSAEC), in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), to train and certify 150 pastoralists in cattle, sheep and goat value-chain business, he commended the training as a welcome development for the association.
He stated that the use of technology for meat production would increase their produce and profit margin drastically.
Danna appealed for funding for effective start-up.
Chairman of OSAEC, Mr. Akin Olotu, assured participants that the adoption of the feedlot system would not only improve productivity and profit for the farmers but also reduce the clashes with the host communities.
He added that the State Government had chosen to re-enact the ranching system introduced by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Western Region, saying that it is also partnering notable financial institutions for funding.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, urged the participants to think more on opportunities that abound in the entire value-chain of agriculture.
Represented by the Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemi, he said his administration thought it expedient to revamp and reintroduce feedlots, which was a variant of ranching with support of FAO.
According to the governor, it was another milestone geared towards creating jobs, ensuring food security and promoting peaceful co-existence among inhabitants of the state via eradication of farmers/herders clashes.