Mr John Taiwo, a former director of Animal Husbandry Services in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has advised the Pig Farmers Association of Nigeria (PFAN) and the National Association Pig Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NAPPPMAN) to come together and fine tune their objectives since both associations are related to a commodity, if they need to work with any government ministry. Mr Taiwo gave this advice at a meeting of PFAN on the sideline of the just concluded annual meeting of Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) in Umuahia, Abia state.
The meeting which was presided over by the national president of PFAN, Professor Kingsley Adesehinwa, was well attended by pig farmers, imput manufacturers and suppliers and policy makers. The meeting evaluated the state of pig industry in Nigeria and advanced some ways out of the identified challenges.
Mr Taiwo stressed the importance of PFAN to be associated with Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN) which is the regulating body for all farmers, as well as to be recognized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
“Both PFAN and NAPPPMAN should try as much as possible to come together because no one has monopoly of any ministry. If differences arose, FACAN can be invited for proper coordination. There is little or no strength in diversity, our strength lies in our unity.” said Mr Taiwo.
Speaking in similar manner, the President of Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Professor Israel Adu advised all state chairmen of PFAN to follow up with their State Governments, to let them know that the association exists and by having regular visit to the States Ministry of Agriculture. He added that working in isolation would not help the industry to grow.
Dr Effiong Essien (Senior Special Assistant to the President on ERGP Implementation) advised the association to identify a workable policy which would help and aid development. He added that documentation of members and products would give the association a better presentation on the international market. Similarly, the Registrar of NIAS, Prof Eustace Iyayi, encouraged the association to work together as one and push for investors both locally and internationally, reiterating that, if the association has a model of operation, several opportunities would be attracted to the industry.
The president of PFAN also used the meeting opportunity to refresh member’s knowledge on the importance of good feeding and identifying feed ingredients found in each locality. Mr Bayo Omojola, (former Managing Director of UAC Foods) also took time to speak on value addition and market linkage in the pig industry.
Others dignitaries at the meeting includes Mr Michael Udenwe, PFAN Southeast Coordinator; Mr Chinedu, PFAN Enugu state chairman; Prince Dr Bode Adetoyi , MD, Hi- Nutrient, Lagos; Mr Raymond Isiadinso, MD, Mid-Century ltd, Lagos; Prof. Comfort Tuluen , VP, Animal Science Association of Nigeria; Mrs Mary Aku , PFAN Treasurer, and Prof. Grace Iyeghe-Erakportobor , Head, Swine Research Programme, NAPRI Zaria.
A team of Ghanaian delegates including Dr Richard Osei-Amponsah – President of Ghana Society of Animal Production (GSAP); Dr Julius Hagan – immediate past Secretary of GSAP and Mr Jonas Berchie of Animal Production Department, Ghana Ministry of Agricuture, who were attending the annual ASAN/NIAS conference also graced the meeting.