Nigerian Feed Millers Train On Codex Guidelines
TO ensure high standards of health and welfare for animals in the country, the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has trained Nigeria feed millers on the implementation of Codex code of practice on good animal feed safety.
IFIF country representative to Nigeria, Ms. Angelia Missaglia during the training exercise in Lagos, said the Federation collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE), the Codex Alimentarius Commission, among other international bodies to help set international regulatory standards for the whole feed chain and to support fair trade.
She said the 60 per cent demand for animal proteins, poultry, fish and dairy products, for an estimated nine billion people by 2050 could only be met safely and sustainably by working together with all stakeholders in the feed and food chain, including governments, the private sector and non-government groups.
Missaglia explained that IFIF also aim to play a proactive role to promote science-based solutions and information sharing for feed manufacturers, consumers and regulatory authorities worldwide on a variety of issues that affect the supply of safe and affordable animal proteins and dairy products.
Addressing the trainees, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono, said the training wouldn’t have come at a better time than now, when food safety, global warming, growing population and farming with minimal environmental footprint have become issues of global concern.
He said animal nutrition is the backbone of any successful livestock business since feeding constitutes over 70 per cent of total production costs. He added that optimum nutrition through safe animal feeds/additives in quality are the elements of optimum productivity and consequently, profit.
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science, (NIAS), Dr. Godwin Oyediji, while giving report on the state of Nigeria feed industry, said legislative framework for feed regulation is still very weak in Nigeria, adding that until recently, there is no agency focusing directly on the feed industry.