Lagos to partner maize farmers for silage
The Lagos State government is set to partner maize farmers for silage production through the Maize Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (MAAN).
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, announced the partnership during the weekend after a meeting with the members of the association.
She said the meeting was arranged to survey openings available for the sourcing of silage from the partnership.
Olusanya said that silage is a cheap source of food for livestock in the state, which brings the alliance with MAAN.
She said that during the farming season this year, about 167,000 hectares of maize with an average crop output of five metric tonnes would be planted across the country by the association, pointing that there is a prospect for about 835,000 metric tonnes of silage that could be available for feedlots.
“Today, we are meeting with representatives of the Maize Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (MAAN) to explore possible collaboration with the association to help the state grow its own maize, which would serve as a major source of production for cattle feeds.
“I am particularly delighted about this initiative because it is in line with the state’s five-year agricultural roadmap, particularly the reform of the red meat value chain.
“As you are aware, the state, in partnership with interested investors, is establishing feedlots and fattening centres that will help with the traceability and hygiene of the cattle before they are slaughtered for consumption,’’ she said.