THE Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Professor Abdullahi Mustapha has said that there is ongoing genetic research to enable the Nigerian breed of cow to produce 10 litres of milk daily in 5 years’ time.
Professor Mustapha also said that scientists are currently developing a genetically modified soybean which will be added to the daily nutrient of families and the oil could be used to operate some sophisticated machines instead of using petrol.
Speaking at the maiden edition of NABDA’s Annual Media Chat, Professor Mustapha said now that the country has banned the importation of milk, it is pertinent that milk-producing companies in Nigeria partner with the Agency on its project to improve milk production.
“Livestock production is one big project that we are undergoing and in this project, we have components, the first component is on the improvement of the milk and meat of our livestock.
“We have to improve our local breeds that are acclimatising with our environment, not importing from other countries.
So, we identify our local breeds and improve them and we have gone far on that.
We have two selections, and these selections are available, we are working on that and we will continue to improve on that.
“The work is in progress, it took us 10 years to identify those animals that can be used for fattening and milk production, and the second phase is on the run, and we are hoping that in the next five years, we can have a cow in Nigeria that can produce 10 litres of milk per day, this is what we are aiming at.
“We have reached up to 70 per cent of the research and we are hoping that in the near future, we will have these breeds that will produce this.
“Remember Nigeria has stopped the importation of milk, and that is one area that is calling on the companies that are producing milk to come closer to see how they can partner with NABDA to for this production”, he said
He further said that the production of a herbicide-tolerant soybean on the pipeline, which he said would be beneficial to the country’s economy.
“The development of soybean oil has reached a level where it could be used as a lubricant instead of a premium motor spirit.
Soybean oil has the ability to withstand a certain level of temperature that could be used on sophisticated machines that work with higher temperature instead of petrol”, he explained
On other key activities of the Agency, the Director-General said the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rural Electrification Agency.
“This will enable us to use BEGS Digester, an innovation made-in-Nigeria technology to convert bio-waste into electricity”, he noted.
“Also, in October, Nigeria signed an MoU with the kingdom of Morocco for research and development in biotechnological products and processes, including the production of bio-fertilizer and bio-fungicide.
President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja urged the MTN Group to make the available top-of-the-range service to its Nigerian subscriber.
Cows To Start Producing 10 Litres Daily By 2026 ― NABDA DG