From Femi Oyelola’ Kaduna
The Federal Government has been charged to put more efforts in its agricultural policy and improve on Mini Livestock’s and help Livestock Farmers to have easy access to loans.,if it is serous with the Food for All Policy.
This was the consensus of Mini Livestock Farmers at a one-day seminar held in Kaduna on how to improve Mini Livestock The seminar organized by Monsali Farms saw participants appealing to the Federal Government and all Ministries of Agriculture in the country to give priority to loans by Mini Livestock Farmers to help boost the economy.
The participants drawn from Kaduna State and School of Agriculture applauded the efforts of government on its direction on the development of agriculture and charged them to set up units in their various ministries for the purpose of assisting small scale farmers especially on livestock.
They equally appealed to all Banks of Agriculture (BOA) and other relevant agencies to intensify efforts and make sure that obtaining loans for such venture are not cumbersome and difficult.
The keynote speaker the Managing Director of Monsali Farms, Alhaji Monsuru Salimonu who discusses the topic on the economic benefit of Mini Livestock Farm, said establishing a Mini Livestock is not capital intensive and should be encouraged especially for housewives and the young ones.
He said livestock farming, such as Snail farming and rabbit farming can be established at backyard of our house and if properly cared for can sustain a family.
According to him, his snail farm which he established about two years ago with a little amount of money can now boost of over Five Thousands snails and hundreds of rabbits.
At the farm house popularly called “Gidan Zomo” participants were taken round the farm and gave lessons on how to establish livestock farming.
The Managing Director told the participants that snail meat has been consumed by humans worldwide since pre-historic times, saying that it is high in protein of 12 to 16 percent and iron 45 to 50 mg/kg, low in fat and contain almost all the amino acid needed by humans.
He said snails are environmental friendly because their dropping does not smell offensively so can be reared in the backyard, he added.
According to him, up till now, snail farming has not reached any acceptable level of commercialization in the country due to lack of information on appropriate production technologies for their successful rearing.