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Low performance of feed mills in Nigeria

The general condition in which animal feeds are produced, particularly those used for chickens and commercial fish farming, in Nigeria has been described as unacceptable. Except for a few operators, most feed millers are not performing up to expectation in terms of standards and quality.

This was the view of Mrs. Mope Omotosho who gave a guest lecture in Abeokuta at the one-day seminar organised by the Ogun State chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PANOG) last Wednesday.
Mrs. Omotoso, who raised some issues on the shortcomings of feed milling operators, observed that "there is no standard in feed milling industry now because we are not ready." According to her, "if we are, operators will adjust."
"If we are able to come together and agree in terms of our requirements, people will adjust," she told the gathering.


Adopting specific options

Explaining the options available to feed millers in terms of raw materials, the seasoned nutritionist taught the farmers about benefits of adopting specific options. She disclosed that, in choosing groundnut cake, for example, the wide range of protein content should be borne in mind.
In her observation, variation could be due to a number of factors, such as soil at the farm source, adulteration with fibres, or actual use of fibres, to expel the groundnut cake from mill. She explained that adulteration of such ingredient is often done deliberately. Cotton seed cake, she added, can be used provided binders are used to bind gossypol, an antinutritional factor. "There is nothing wrong in producing fish meal locally," she said, "but we need to adhere to standards." She noted that some feed millers use fish that has got spoilt, while some people "adulterate essential vitamins," actions she considered criminal.


Keep records

Mrs. Omotoso advised the farmers to keep records and need to tag and label their materials. "These help (us) to identify the date of use and the date of purchase," she said.

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    ojo otaru

    Your article is fantastic, truly farmers in Nigeria need to be informed about substandard feeds in the market.This information will go along in helping them know the right feed miller to patronize. www.naijabizcom.blogspot.com small scale business opportunities

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