Livestock Industry Foundation for Africa (LIFA) in partnership with Zoetis on Wednesday 17th July 2019 jointly organised a one day workshop to update the knowledge of poultry farmers in and around Ibadan axis on poultry health and nutrition. The event which held at the Poultry Village of Poultry Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter (PANOYO) located in Ajia, Egbeda, Ibadan, was well attended.
While welcoming participants to the workshop, LIFA president, Dr Stephen Adejoro, echoed his vision to see that the livestock industry in Nigeria and the rest of Africa move forward. He highlighted the strategies of LIFA which is a non-governmental organization, to achieve the vision. Advocacy and training are among the tools of LIFA, which was what necessitated the partnership with Zoetis.
Dr Stephen Adejoro giving his opening remarks
Mr Joshua Olorungbemi, Zoetis Country Lead, while giving his welcome address expatiated on the effort of Zoetis through the African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (ALPHA) initiative to uplift livestock productivity in four selected African countries (Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania).
Mrs Blessing Alawode who chaired the occasion in her opening address commended the organizers of the workshop. She reiterated the need for knowledge acquisition in the poultry industry as the most organized livestock industry in Nigeria but, which is still dominated by small and medium level establishments.
Five resource persons made presentations at the workshop. Dr Kehinde Adebowale from Zoetis ALPHA initiative updated the participants on the management of respiratory disease complex in poultry. Farmers were advised to ensure good ventilation and avoid overcrowding in order to prevent pathogens from thriving in the poultry environment. Dr Stephen Adejoro’s presentation centered on the effects of climate change on poultry health and production. He opined that climate change have been fingered in the emergency of ailments in the poultry flocks and advised the farmers to be conscious of the micro and macro environment in which the birds are reared. Dr Niyi Bankole of Zoetis lectured the farmers on gut health management as a tool to enhance productivity. He admonished farmers to note that the gut is the port of entry into the body for feed, drugs, vaccine and disease agents and thus adequate attention need to be placed on the gut health. Dr Olugbenga Ogunwole, a nutritional physiologist from University of Ibadan, corroborated through his presentation which also focused on the poultry bird’s gut management. He elaborated on appropriate nutrition and supplementation to ensure that the gut perform optimally for maximum productivity of the birds. The last presentation was delivered by Dr Kehinde Oyewole on behalf of Chief Folorunso Ogunnaike, the chairman of Hope Farm. The lecture reviewed poultry business environment over the decades. He noted the advances that had been recorded which has made poultry farming more secured, such as vaccine availability. He however highlighted the areas that still requires government intervention such as tax moratorium for poultry farmers, disease outbreak and egg glut management.
LIFA also seized the opportunity of the workshop to canvass for improved egg consumption through several egg based recipe menu as aa additional solution to solve the recurrent egg glut in the industry. An awareness video presentation was made that showed various egg recipe like egg moin moin, egg vegetables soup, egg myonaise, egg rice pizza and egg cheese. One of slight menu served at the occasion included one new egg recipe and LIFA distributed questionnaire for an opinion survey on palatability test on the egg recipe
The event was attended by several important figures in the poultry industry including, Mr Agboola Gbemisoye (PAN Chairman, Oyo State), Mrs Blessing Alawode (PAN Chair, Ogun State), Engineer Yemi Ajijolaiya (MD, GS Farms), Dr Baba Wagetti (Adamore Limited), Mr Toyese Oyedele (Skretting Nig Ltd) and several field and technical officers from Zoetis, CHI Farm, Zartech Farm, members of LIFA and numerous poultry farmers.
A cross section of participants at the workshop