A Professor of Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition has advocated the use of alternative feed resources as an appropriate nutritional intervention strategy for herds of cattle and other animals especially during the dry season.
He said this would contribute tremendously to the mitigation of the incessant ethnic clashes between farmers and herdsmen around Nigerian communities that claimed several lives. Prof Olusola Agbede stated this while delivering the 109th Inaugural lecture of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA entitled: “Alternative Feed Resources Key to Profitable Livestock Enterprise in Nigeria”.
He said that apart from a strategy to resolve the lingering farmers/herdsmen clashes, that if adoptable biotechnologies are developed to improve the qualities of agro wastes, with a view to using them as alternative ingredients in finished feeds, that animal production in the country could contribute to economic development and job creation.
Prof Agbede said Nigeria is blessed with many bio-resources which could be harnessed for use as alternative feed resources in animal nutrition in addition to the conventional feeds.
He said that alternative feed resources- may take the form of agro wastes such as poor quality cellulosic roughages from farm residues such as stubbles and cassava peels. He also said agro industrial bye-products found in the processing of sugar, cereals citrus, fruits, and pallet oil mill effluent could be used in the place of conventional feeds like maize and soya bean so that man and animals will not compete for food, given the spate of food insecurity in the country.
For profitable animal production, he said that it was necessary that most agro wastes are not allowed to rot away but should be used in feed formulations for animals by subjecting them to appropriate b i o t e c h n o l o g i c a l processing to improve their nutritional qualities.
The lecturer pointed out that in Nigeria while the livestock population in most cases is higher than those in most African and western world countries, the primary and secondary products derived from these animals in terms of eggs, meat, milk and other products are largely lower than recorded for these countries.
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