In order to help refocus on agriculture as a huge economic earner and provider of employment in the country, a technical committee (TC) meeting on Poultry Value Chain was recently convened by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in conjunction with the World Bank and the Livestock Micro Reforms in Agribusiness (L-MIRA).
Three standards considered and agreed upon for recommendation to the Standards Council for approval were the Draft Nigerian Industrial Standard for Poultry Feed DNIS 259:2018 (reviewed); Standard for Chicken Feed Concentrate DNIS 1057:2018 and Standard for Poultry Feeds Premix DNIS 1056:2018.
Declaring the meeting open, Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma Esq. stated that the focus on agriculture for economic diversity and the upsurge in the demand for poultry products as a healthy source of protein in Nigeria necessitated the review of the existing Poultry Feed Standard and the elaboration of new standards for Chicken Feed Concentrate and Poultry Feed Premix.
According to him, the technical committee meeting was also convened to meet current day realities, encourage farmers on the use of quality inputs for quality outputs for global competitiveness in the sector.
Aboloma, who was represented by Dr. Omolara Okunlola, Deputy Director/Head, Food Codex Group acknowledged the huge growth in the poultry industry in recent years, which he said was in response to rising demands for locally produced poultry products.
He stated that this resulted in corresponding need for increased poultry feed production, compelling the review of existing standard and elaboration of new ones.
The SON Chief Executive outlined the objectives of the Standards as including;
– To harmonise and improve regulations impacting the poultry value chain;
– To put in place regulatory reforms to strengthen markets and improve competitiveness in the poultry value chain,
The objectives according to him can be measured through improved sale/revenue in the poultry sector and associated businesses and services.
In his presentation, the Registrar, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) Prof. Eustace A. Iyayi, explained that adopting International Standards on the Poultry Value Chain for national use was carried out to achieve relevance to the Nigerian farmer and consumer, taking into consideration peculiar local circumstances and needs.
Also speaking at the TC meeting, Mr. Hans C. Shradar of the World Bank (L-MIRA project) revealed that the committee collaborated with three government agencies responsible for regulating animal feeds namely: – NIAS, NAFDAC and SON in order to streamline the regulation of feeds, remove any overlaps or redundant regulatory requirements related to the standards and ensure quality control mechanisms, including registration and renewal processes for feed additives.
Mr. Shradar stated that the World Bank team is working with the regulatory agencies to introduce reforms that will more efficiently regulate animal feeds sales in the markets and facilitate regulatory coordinate regulation of animal husbandry to optimize the level of animal protein intakes by Nigerians with resultant improvement in their health status.
To midwife the process of review and final adoption of the draft standards, Pastor Bunmi Idowu, President, Nigeria National Feeds Association was elected TC Chairman for DNIS 259: 2018.
Also, Mrs Mopelola O. Omotosho of Anagro Consult Lagos was elected Chair for DNIS 1056: 2018 while Prof. Job Olu Atteh of Department of Animal Science, University of Ilorin was Chairman for DNIS 1057:2018.
Participants at the TC meeting included representatives of the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN); National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); the World Bank; University of Ibadan; Ministry of Agriculture, Lagos State; Delta State Livestock Department and Animal Care Veterinary just to mention a few.