1. Ethiopia - 54 million cattle
2. Sudan - 42m
3. Tanzania - 24.5m
4. Nigeria - 20m
The advantages of extensive grazing grounds in the top 3 are obvious.
*Institutionalisation of ranching *Kickstarting a proper feed industry
*More training of livestock farmers
How do we achieve this?
Ranching presents a unique opportunity to open up more
Agricultural waste from crops such as rice, wheat, etc can also be productively processed for livestock
Nigeria is Africa's largest producer of soya with 500k MT annually.
In spite of this, a majority of soya utilized in Nigeria's industries is still imported
This means that there is still a massive under-
Almost 80% of the soybean that is farmed in Nigeria is purchased by middlemen who sell to the big industries
Nigerian farmers have no incentive to farm soybean on a massive scale because animals can't eat it raw
Nigeria's reliance on oil means its currency follows international oil prices
This is a ridiculous scenario given that we can produce every component needed for livestock production right here in Nigeria
Soyabean is processed by pressing out its oil content
The finished product then contains over 50% protein content that is suitable for animal rapid fattening.
The big industries (eg uac, honey well, flour Mills etc) -
They prefer to produce composite feeds and sell to the public at a premium, rather
In other words livestock feed is expensive in Nigeria because it's mainly reliant on imported soybeans
We don't grow enough soybeans because we're ignorant about how to process it
If farmers cooperatives are trained on how to process soybeans into an affordable and effective livestock feed, the farming of soybeans will explode in Nigeria, and this will lead to rapid growth in the livestock production process in Nigeria.