The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has organised a training workshop on quality hides and skin production for livestock farmers in Nasarawa State.
The ministry’s Director of Agriculture in the state, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, said at the occasion in Lafia that the workshop would boost livestock production in the country through value chain addition.
Mohammed also said that with the requisite training, livestock farmers in the country could produce quality and sufficient skin that would make leather a major foreign exchange earner.
He said agricultural goods produced in the country were of better quality than those imported and decried the attitude of some Nigerians who preferred foreign commodities.
According to him, the training, which is part of the Federal Government’s transformation agenda in the agricultural sector, would improve the economic fortunes of the farmers.
“The whole idea is to encourage the farmers to enhance their productivity through adequate training,” Mohammed said.
He reiterated government’s desire to harness the nation’s agricultural potentials toward self sufficiency in food production.
Mr Otubor Oghenerukewe, the Livestock Development Officer in the ministry, said government was committed to boosting livestock production by supporting the farmers with necessary inputs at subsidised rates.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants of the workshop were drawn from the 13 local government areas of the state. (NAN)