International Journal of Agriculture and Nutrition

International Journal of Agriculture and Nutrition

Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part A (2022)

Extension's role in improving livestock production: information needs, institutions and opportunities

Author(s):

Samson Olayemi Sennuga, Winifred Ifeoma Lai-Solarin, Wasiu A Adeoye and Funso O Alabuja

Abstract:

This research looked into In Nigeria, livestock production intelligence is often prioritized by centralized extension services. National agricultural extension services are primarily designed to spread knowledge on crop production, whereas livestock institutions and sectors are driven by veterinarians who are concerned about animal health. In many developing nations, however, the possibility of raising livestock production through the supply of knowledge is growing. The context of such growth is described in this paper, as well as some of the differences between livestock extension services and institutions. Livestock production is a major part of any country's economy and is essential for guaranteeing food and nutritional security. For centuries, livestock has been known to supply man's animal nutritional needs, as well as give numerous additional benefits to farmers and the national economy. Nigeria's population is rapidly increasing quicker than the increase of animal protein in a population of nearly of 402 million people by 2050, there will be a million people. Interactions between livestock and the surroundings in developing countries can be both positive and negative. On the one hand, herbivore composted manure can be a valuable resource. In more industrial operations, and where there are huge densities of animals, it is a nutrient for micro crops, but in more industrial systems, or where there are large concentrations of animals, it is a dietary staple for large-scale crops. They have the potential to contaminate waterways. On the other hand, ruminant systems in developing countries can be considered relatively inefficient use of resources. Because most of these production systems have large yield variability, boosting the effectiveness of the process is critical. Through appropriate development strategies, the cattle industry presents a tremendous opportunity for research and innovation can contribute to the development of more long-term solutions Future progress in this field must be based on existing institutions while also aiming to respond flexibly and fairly to the needs of livestock farmers.

Pages: 43-51  |  25 Views  9 Downloads

How to cite this article:
Samson Olayemi Sennuga, Winifred Ifeoma Lai-Solarin, Wasiu A Adeoye and Funso O Alabuja. Extension's role in improving livestock production: information needs, institutions and opportunities. Int. J. Agric. Nutr. 2022;4(2):43-51.