The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has concluded plans to develop new standards for animal and livestock production, in line with the Federal Government’s efforts to boost food security.
According to the agency, the standards were also developed to hedge against the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on key sectors such as agriculture, through its increased implementation of the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP).
Speaking at the work group meeting hosted virtually in Lagos, the Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, said the meeting on the development of new standards would boost agribusiness in the country. The virtual meeting was hosted by SON as part of an ongoing Livestock Micro Reforms in Agribusiness (L-MIRA) World Bank project on cattle feed value chain, in collaboration with SON.
Aboloma, who was represented by the deputy director/head food group of the agency, Dr. Omolara Okunlola, explained that standards development was achieved through a consensus of relevant parties and academics coming together to elaborate requirements for various sectors of the economy.
According to Aboloma, the standards considered by the work group were borne out of an urgent demand and relevance of the animal/livestock feed value chain with the work group specifically working on the following vital areas to boost agribusiness in the country.
He said elaboration of the standards for salt mineral lick, which prescribes the specification for common salt as mineral licks for animal consumption, was necessary by ensuring proper proportioning as well as improving the adequate amount of minerals for effective productivity in animals. Guardian