The Lagos State Government in a bid to explore massive opportunities in maize production has signed a partnership deal with the Maize Farmers‘ Association of Nigeria (MAAN).
State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya disclosed over the weekend when she received members of the Maize Farmers‘ Association of Nigeria in Lagos.
Olusanya stated that the meeting was held to discuss and explore the opportunities available in the sourcing of silage from the partnership.
Silage is a very cheap and affordable source of feed for livestock particularly cattle.
The Commissioner pointed out that the need for collaboration with the Maize association was coming on the heels of her visit to the Igbodu Feedlot in Epe.
She said, “In this year’s farming season, MAAN would be planting about 167,000 hectares of maize across Nigeria; with an average crop output of 5 metric tonnes/hectare, there is a potential for about 835,000 metric tonnes of silage which could be available for the Feedlots in the State.
“Today, we are meeting with representatives of the Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria, MAAN to explore possible collaborations with the Association to help the State grow its maize which would serve as a major source of production of cattle feed.
“I am particularly delighted about this initiative because it is in line with the State’s 5-Year Agricultural Roadmap, particularly the reform of the red meat value chain.
“As you are aware, the State in partnership with interested investors is establishing feedlots and fattening centers which will help with the traceability and hygiene of the cattle before they are slaughtered for consumption.
“This meeting is a follow-up of the visit to the Igbodu Feedlot, Epe and to explore the opportunities available for the sourcing of silage from the Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria,” Olusanya noted.
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