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Increase livestock demand impacts public health, environment -FAO

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday in Abuja said development shifts in livestock system would impact on public health, environment and people’s livelihoods in the society.

The Country Representative, Mr Suffyan Koroma said this at the African Sustainable Livestock (ASL) 2050 livestock scenario workshop by FAO in collaboration with the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health and Environment.

The theme of the workshop is ”Africa sustainable livestock 2050, The Future of livestock in Nigeria, Opportunities and Challenges in the face of uncertainty”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ASL 2050 Initiative was funded by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) in six African states.

The six African states include Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Burkina Faso.

Koroma said that evidence has indicated that population growth, urbanisation, industrialisation and rising incomes have already triggered growing demand for animals source food in the country.

According to him, this process is causing major challenges in livestock system and value chains.

He said the ASL 2050 report seek sustainable livestock development and would set stage to secure livelihoods, better health and safe environment.

He said Nigeria with support from FAO and USAID engaged stakeholders around the foreseen and unforeseen future of cattle and poultry sectors in the country.

He said the report has done the assessments of the impact of cattle and beef production on public health through zoonotic diseases.

He said the ASL 2050 urged stakeholders to adopt one health approach for relevance and efficiency of current policies for farms in urban and peri-urban areas.

He said the report provided invaluable insight to decision makers to make Nigerian cattle and poultry system more robust.

The permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr Mohammed Umar said Nigeria’s population would increase to 400 million in three years and the demand for food and animal would rise.

He said in other to meet the increasing demand there was need for livestock industry to transform.

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