The Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Professor Abdullahi Mustapha has disclosed that ongoing research of the agency would enable the Nigerian cow breed to produce about 10 litres of milk daily in five years.
Speaking at the maiden edition of NABDA’s Annual Media Chat, Mustapha said it has become pertinent that milk-producing companies partner with the agency on its project to improve milk production, as the country has banned the importation of milk.
According to him, NABDA is focusing on a livestock production project, especially the improvement of the milk and meat value chains.
He said, “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 soon, we will have these breeds that will produce this.
Local Cow Breeds Can Produce 10 litres of Milk Daily- NABDA