Nigeria may soon go through shortage of cow meat in the very near future says Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh.
The Minister spoke the day prior to this ahead of the National Conference on Transformation of the Livestock scheduled to hold in Abuja from Tuesday.
According to him, the predicted shortage ought to be attributed to the massive quantity of cows fed on every day without commensurate calving.
Nigeria faces an economic risk, says the Minister, if the quantity of cows slaughtered and fed on as meat on a daily basis is not considered.
Read what he said below:
‘the way we are consuming cows, slaughtering them is quite alarming. Lagos alone consumes 6,000 cows a day, that’s the figure at abattoirs, not figure from birthday parties and burial ceremonies and so on. Imagine what Port Harcourt consumes; or Umuahia, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna and Maiduguri. If you add it up, we may be eating up to 80,000 to 90,000 cows a day and we are not calving as many. Which means a day will come, if the West Africans don’t come into Nigeria with their cows, we may find out we have no cattle. So, that’s an economic danger that faces us’.