424601_397830520285848_1642409945_n The Federal Government of Nigeria has long recognised the need for a wide ranging and objective assessment of livestock populations and systems covering the whole country. The problem has been how this might best be achieved. In the past, official livestock population figures have been derived indirectly from administrative records, such as vaccination returns and jangali tax payments, slaughter figures, trade movements, and import/export figures. Without exception, these sources of information are all open to question. They relate only to a limited number of livestock species, and give no indication of their levels of productivity.

It was therefore decided that an independent National Livestock Resources Survey was required, employing innovative techniques of low level aerial survey, systematic sampling and complementary ground studies. The survey was put out to international competitive tender and Resource Inventory and Management Limited (RIM) was commissioned to undertake the study in collaboration with the Federal Department of Livestock and Pest Control Services (FDLPCS), as a component of the Second Livestock Development Project (SLDP).

To begin with, a pilot study of livestock resources in Anambra and Niger States was conducted in 1989, to demonstrate the application of aerial and ground survey methods, and recommend how these could be extended to provide national coverage. After thorough review of the proposals and endorsement by participants of a specially convened workshop, the recommendations were accepted by the Federal Government, and a Technical Advisory Committee was established to monitor progress of the National Livestock Resources Survey, which took place during 1990 and 1992. – DAVID BOURN



About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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  2. David Bourn says:

    Summary paper on 1990/92 Nigerian Livestock Resources Survey published in FAO World Animal Review Volume 78 in 1994: http://www.fao.org/docrep/t1300t/t1300t0g.htm

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