Nigerian Institute of Animal Science led team on Feed Legislation in Atlanta USA.
Strong institution and legislations are necessary to govern the policy and regulatory frame work in the feed industry. Proper legislations will ensure removal of many obstacles that have hitherto affected the feed sector in Africa particularly Nigeria. The future of the feed industry lies with regulatory activities and greater involvement of professionals to drive the new level of growth expected in the industry. Professional Animal Scientists are determined to shape it and will no longer leave things to chance.
The active role played by NIAS in the feed industry in Nigeria was rewarded in the recent NIAS hosted the first pilot Train-the-Trainer programme in Africa, organized by International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and FAO. International Feed Industry Federation acknowledged that Nigeria has sizeable feed industry, growth potentials, legal framework and one of the emerging Animal feed producers with better opportunity to penetrate the International feed export market. In view of this NIAS was nominated as the Secretariat of IFIF in Nigeria. The Institute led a team to the 10th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in Atlanta USA, which took place on 30-31 January 2017. The forum provided opportunity for all inclusive dialogue with stakeholders to create the necessary structure and legislations that will enhance the quality control in the feed industry.
As feed production in Nigeria continues to expand in volume and value in response to increase in demand from Farm establishments, capacity building of stakeholders in the industry is one of the key priorities.
To ensure multiplier effect of the IFIF/FAO train – the – trainer pilot project held in Nigeria in 2015, NIAS have started implementing the post IFIF action plan to train other stakeholders transcending different geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The training which began in Kaduna was designed to build capacity of relevant stakeholder for increase feed safety and feed quality at production level both for industrial and on farm mixing, address the requirements of the sector while meeting the individual training needs of participants. In his closing remarks at the workshop held in Kaduna, the Registrar/CEO Prof. E. A. Iyayi thanked the participants and disclosed that the Institute will not renege on ensuring high premium on quality and standardization of feed in Nigeria. He however, called for collective actions among all stakeholders.