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NIAS strategise to boost livestock, food production

Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) has developed the first Quality Assurance Assessors Scheme in Animal Husbandry in line with the Nigerian Skills Qualification framework.

The scheme seeks to train assessors for the development of middle level manpower for increased national productivity in the livestock subsector and the mainstreaming of the various value chains.

Registrar, Nigeria Institute of Animal Science professor Eustace Iyayi disclosed this at the assessors training in Abuja.

Professor Iyayi said It would also ensure the socioeconomic inclusion of the rural poor and vulnerable groups through increased livestock productivity, and market access.

He explained that the institute was confident that the training would also ensure reduction in the nation’s import bills.

Some assessors participating in the training, Saidat Sonaiki and Mr Toriola Ajibade spoke of their experience and the importance of the training which they say would boost food security and increase the livestock production.

Head, Accreditation and Curriculum of the Institute, Alike Peter stressed that the trained assessors would be qualified to be internal and external verifiers.

Reporting by Zaccheaus Babalola; Editing by Muzha Kucha