Governor AbdulRazaq commends President Tinubu for animal husbandry development initiatives – DA NEWS
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Governor AbdulRazaq commends President Tinubu for animal husbandry development initiatives – DA NEWS

Kwara Governor Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his bold steps to develop the livestock sector and end recurring conflicts between herders and farmers in Nigerian communities.

The governor made these remarks in Ilorin today during the inauguration of the National Animal Identification and Tracing System (NAITS) in Kwara State, an event organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

Represented by his Adviser and Senior Advisor, Alhaji Sa’adu Salaudeen, Governor AbdulRazaq expressed gratitude to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, and his team for working hard towards the transformation of the agricultural sector, which he noted was a model for the Kwara State Government.

Governor AbdulRazaq pledged his administration’s support for the agriculture initiative by facilitating the construction and equipment of a NAITS centre in Kwara under the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (LPRESS).

He also called for closer cooperation with the federal government to continue these efforts.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Oloruntoyosi Thomas, in her speech, highlighted the significance of the launch of NAITS in Kwara State.

She said the initiative was a major step forward in the state’s drive to ensure food security, agricultural development and animal health.

“The intervention will improve the living conditions of our farmers, increase food production, facilitate access to new markets and finance and reduce poverty,” she said.

Mrs. Thomas highlighted the state’s commitment to ensuring crop and livestock security through the LPRES and Special Agro-Processing Zones (SAPZ) projects, which demonstrate Kwara’s commitment to ensuring food security and sustainable agricultural practices.

“Furthermore, we believe that the NAITS initiative plays a critical role in enhancing our capacity to achieve food security goals in Kwara State.

“We are committed to using technology and innovation to drive the transformation of agriculture. Animal identification and traceability are key tools in our pursuit of excellence in agriculture and we are proud to be at the forefront of this initiative,” she added.

The launch of NAITS is expected to have a significant impact on the agricultural landscape of Kwara State, improving not only food security but also the economic well-being of farmers and the wider community.

By Dare Akogun