Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has said the cost of producing a kilogram of beef in Nigeria is one of the world’s highest.
The governor disclosed this in Ilorin at two-day training for the State Livestock Transformation Officers and Project Management Officers (SLTOs/PMOs), of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
According to him, the cost of producing a kilogram of beef in Nigeria is about six dollars as against two dollars five cents in India.
“Our cost of production of a kilogram of beef, estimated at $6 per kg, is one of the highest in the world, compared to $4/kg in Netherlands and $2.5/kg in India,” the governor said.
AbdulRazaq, who was represented by Chief of Staff, Aminu Adisa Logun said that Kwara needs to transform its “athletic cows” into “business cows” and to create several businesses along the chain to enhance sustainability and profitability.
He said his administration has keyed into the Federal Government’s National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) to drive economic growth, create jobs, and equip farmers/herders with necessary tools to thrive in the agribusiness.
“We both have a shared goal of supporting investments in the livestock value chains that will catalyse sustainable economic growth, create more jobs and equip farmers with the necessary tools to thrive in the agricultural sector,” AbdulRazaq said.
AbdulRazaq said the government has assembled a robust project management team that would be supervised by a steering committee under the chairmanship of the Secretary to the State Government to fully benefit from the initiative.
He thanked the federal government for supporting the state’s agribusiness agenda, noting that Kwara has no option than to seek ways of increasing the productivity of its dairy and beef in order to remain competitive.
“We believe that strategic collaborations with critical stakeholders in the industry is pivotal to achieving defined and well-tailored objectives and results.
“We need to significantly increase the productivity of our livestock (dairy and beef) as well as reduce cost of production if we are to remain competitive,” he said.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr. Andrew Kwasari, in his address said that the success of the federal government’s policy on agriculture lies solely on its adoption at the state level.
Kwaasari, who said that Nigeria’s problem is not about policy formulation but the will to implement it, added the NLTP needs the critical support of all states of the federation to actualise the objectives.
He commended the level of competency and engagement of the participants, hoping that they would be able to make the NLTP a huge success in Kwara State.
Kwasari commended Gov AbdulRazaq for putting together a vibrant and youthful team which he said was about the youngest he has seen any of the states participating in the programme so far.
He also commended the state government for playing an active role in maintaining friendly relationship between the farmers and herdsmen in the state.