Nigeria ranked world’s largest emerging animal feed producer
The ALLTECH Global Feed ranking 2015 has ranked Nigeria as one of the World’s largest emerging animal feeds producers in the world with a better opportunity to penetrate the international animal feeds export market.
This is arising from the recently published rating, that ranked Nigeria’s feed sector as number 40 in the world, representing a significant progress from the previous ranking of number 51 out of 130 leading animal feed countries in the world.
Nigeria was estimated to produce 3.8million metric tons of animal feeds in 2014 (ALLTECH 2015), which shot Nigeria from number 51 to number 40 out of 130 leading countries in the world.
A statement signed by the Registrar of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Dr. Oyedele Oyesiji disclosed that there was a significant rise in the livestock sector in 2014 and 2015, particularly in aquaculture production and the poultry meat sector.
The development is also attributed to the success recorded by the Nigeria Custom Service in curtailing the movement of smuggled frozen poultry meat across Nigeria’s borders.
He said, “As demand for local poultry products rose, there was a corresponding demand for more animal feed.”
In 2015, NIAS statistics revealed that Nigeria hit 5.3million metric tons of animal feeds with the following breakdown: Egg 3.1million mt, chicken meat 1.08m mt, Aquaculture 647,750mt, pork 265,000mt, milk 53,000mt, beef 41,250mt, petfoods 35,000mt.