The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said that milk worth $1.2 billion is being imported into The country annually.
Chief Ogbeh disclosed this at the 2019 National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) and commissioning projects at the institute in Shika Zaria, Kaduna State.
Recall that the federal government had been making efforts to improve the livestock industry in order to increase diary production.
According to Chief Ogbeh “Nigeria spends $1.2 billion point a year to import milk and milk product a situation that needs to reversed in order to effectively combat malnutrition in children and also earn foreign exchange for the country.
The Minister stated that malnutrition affects not just the physical development of the children but has worse effect on their mental development which will end up having adverse effect of the future of the country.
Chief Ogbeh reiterated the importance of milk consumption in children adding that NAPRI has a huge role to play in achieving this feat.
“We have to give children milk and my dream is that someday every Nigerian child will have a pint of milk a day probably re-enforced by cocoa and then we can say we are feeding our children well because they are the ones who will replace us, so how can we emphasise the importance of NAPRI? We can’t, that is why we are working hand in hand with them”, Ogbeh said.
The Minister commended the effort of NAPRI in improving the Livestock sector in the country.