Audu Ogbeh, PAN President Laud Chi Farms, Zoetis on Veterinary Laboratory Project

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh has lauded CHI Farms and Zoetis for the establishment of City Laboratory, an ultra-modern veterinary diagnostic centre, commissioned on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Audu Ogbeh who spoke through the Director and Chief Veterinary Officer,
Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Olaniran Alabi, stated that the commissioning of the diagnostic centre justifies the collaborative
efforts of Federal Government and the private sector in providing
essential tools needed for sustainable socio-economic growth in livestock development in Nigeria.
According to him, the livestock sub-sector contributes 5.8 per centof National
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides livelihoods to over 30 per cent of the
Nigerian rural population while adding that, for livestock business in
Nigeria to remain profitable and sustainable in the face of growing
population and demand for protein, it is important that animal diseases
and epidemics are well controlled and eradicated.
He pointed out that the sub- sector is limited by a number of factors
most important of which is the preponderance of a wide range of animal
diseases such as Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), Peste des
Petits Ruminant (PPR), African Swine Fever (ASF), etc.. He further
stressed that for Nigeria to ensure a profitable livestock business for
farmers, proper, efficient and accurate animal disease diagnosis need to
be carried out.
“It is important to note that animal disease diagnosis is an important
component of veterinary services and that Nigeria has quite a number of
laboratories that carry out animal disease diagnosis. However, these
laboratories operate below their optimal level thereby leading to huge
gap in veterinary diagnosis services.”
“The establishment and equipping of Chi Farms’ ultra-modern veterinary
diagnostic laboratory being commissioned today in Ibadan could not have
come at a better time than now that Nigeria is looking forward to
diversification of its economy through agricultural and other non-oil
sectors.”
“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate Chi Farms and Zoetis-ALPHA
for this laudable initiative and call on other foreign organizations to
partner with Nigeria on animal health and veterinary services” he added.
Also speaking at the event, the National President, Poultry Association
of Nigeria (PAN), Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim said the poultry industry in
Nigeria has been confronted with many challenges especially losses as a
result of diseases outbreak, which according to him has frustrated and
crippled some farmers’ investments, leaving them dejected and hopeless.
He acknowledged the efforts of National Veterinary Research Institute
(NVRI) in domesticating animal disease diagnosis but pointed out that
emerging challenges and changing trend in clinical manifestation of
diseases calls for a more aggressive intervention.
According to him, “Managing poultry disease is highly sensitive to the
time the index case is identified in order to avoid, control and prevent
production losses. This is where the quality of veterinary diagnostic
laboratory intervention becomes a centre point in management decision on
disease control. The industry requires a diagnostic laboratory facility
that is reliable in sensitivity and specificity. This is the future of
addressing challenges of disease in the poultry industry.”
“The poultry industry at this time requires availability, reliability,
accessibility and affordability of diagnostic services for growth.”
He commended CHI Farms and Zoetis for the precise intervention through
the establishment of City Laboratory while adding that, the project has
come at the right time to support the growth of the poultry industry and
redirect the attention of the sub-sector to the importance of quality
laboratory service in disease control.
In his opening remark, the Managing Director of Chi Farms Limited, Mr.
Martin Middernacht, said the motive behind the establishment of City
Laboratory in partnership with Zoetis is to assist livestock farmers
raise healthy and profitable animals as well as conduct research and
come up with vaccines based on tests conducted.
Also, the Regional Director Zoetis, Sub-Sahara Africa Gabriel Varga,
stated that the partnership of his organization with Chi Farms Limited
on the project is basically to assist poultry farmers in Nigeria realize
their full potential.
Varga further stated that similar laboratories will be opened in
different parts of the country in subsequent phases of the A.L.P.H.A
project.

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