Nigeria - Animal husbandry

Livestock production accounts for about 6% of GDP. There were an estimated 19.7 million head of cattle in Nigeria in 2001, over 90% of them in the north, owned mostly by nomadic Fulani. The prevalence of the tsetse fly in other areas restricts the majority of cattle to the fly-free dry savanna areas. The cattle owned by the Fulani and Hausa consist mainly of zebu breeds; cattle in the south are mainly Shorthorns. There were also an estimated 26.5 million goats, 21.5 million sheep, 5.3 million pigs, one million asses, 205,000 horses, and 135 million chickens.

Improvements in stock, slaughterhouse, cold storage, and transport facilities have made parts of Nigeria almost self-sufficient in meat production, but many Nigerians outside the north suffer protein deficiency in their diet. In 1998, 1.05 million tons of meat and 432,000 tons of cow's milk were produced. The Livestock and Meat Authority controls operations in transport and slaughtering in the north. An estimated 20.4 million sheep and goats and 1.8 million head of cattle were slaughtered in 1999.

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Sep 3, 2011 @ 6:06 am
l appreciate the data provided between 1998 to 2001 and recognise the extent of work required to gather this data.l would also wish to inquire about the availability of a more recent data to enable me prepare my report.
Julius E
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Dec 15, 2011 @ 6:06 am
I appreciate the data provided so far but would like to have detailed data on cow and ram farming. How can I get this please?
Ibrahim Umar Musa Reto
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Jan 25, 2012 @ 10:10 am
Am really greatful with the program.Therefore, government should provide a program that will throw light to an indegenes of the nation. Sponsor should be provided to the national persons for the achievement of the desired goals.
aminu sani
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Jan 20, 2013 @ 3:03 am
That was then, what is the present data. up to date we are left behind concerning the supply, storage facilities, processing and preservation of animal products. I want the nation to please come up with a great improvement. Animal scientist are enough to bring changes within a short time. Thanks

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