OPINION

ASAN, NAIS, Prof Bogoro And The Emerging Silver Lining For Dairy Sector

In most advanced economies, intellectual powerhouses are revered because of their ability to chat a roadmap for economic and social recovery/prosperity in many sectors of the country. One of such intellectual warhorses in Nigeria is the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro. 
He has rekindled the fact that all hope is not lost for Nigeria and has become a springboard for a new thinking pattern in Nigeeia. Since his appointment as the helmsman of the TETFUND, he has never left anyone in doubt as to the inherent ability of Nigeria to join the league of Developed nations, if ideas, strategies and roadmap he lays out every now and then are faithfully and painstakingly implemented.
One outstanding character that stands Prof Bogoro out as intellectual guangantuan is his ability to link theory to practce or implementable action steps that will have spiral positive effects on the national economy.
Since his appointment in 2011, he has through scientific study, evolved a thinking pattern that seeks to move scientific researches and outcomes from drinking dust on the shelves of our highier institutions to the real sector, where they are needed.
Through symposiums, conferences, Lectures etc., Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro has consistently laid out his vision for a transformed Nigeria through relevant researches. It was at one of such foras, “Arewa at 50” that he In an explosive lecture he laid bare, path to the recovery of the lost glory of the North in the education sector. 
Also recently, Prof Bogoro was at it again, as he reeled out what can best be described as ‘Marshall Plan” for research into the nation’s livestock sector. In that Lecture, “Reclaiming Nigeria’s Laggard Livestock Subsector: A Modern Dairy Value Chain in Perspective,” which formed part of the 9th annual joint meeting of Animals Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and Nigerian Institute of Animals Science (NAIS). 
Nigeria is home to 200 million strong market, which should make it a leader in the milk and diary sector. The global dairy market reached a value of US$ 718.9 Billion in 2019. Hence, Prof Bogoro’s for redoubling of efforts. He revealed in that Lecture that there are about 142 derivatives from dairy Value Chains. He is of the view that deepening research on the value addition development will invariably exanpand the Nigerian dairy value chains. Apart from fresh, evaporated and powdered milk, Fura and Nunu, including youghurt are the dairy products we have ventured into in Nigeria. In line with Prof Bogoro’s ardent believe in linking research to business, he admitted that there is huge potential in diary products value addition to create new enterprise capable of solving unemployment problems facing the teeming youths of the country. 
The real value of any initiative is in its ability to solve problems. For Prof Bogoro, every initiative must be linked to real time problem solving. What is more incisive than his call on Food Scientists to fashion a way of including locally made dairy products in the Federal Government Home Grown School Feeding Programme. 
He admitted that to boost diary production and bring Nigeria at per with its counterparts globally, the tree pillars of nutrition, husbandary and health management requires multidisciplinary research intervention. He harped on the need for innovations on diary production at least cost and optimal yields where climate smartness is an additional feature globally. 
The Lecture was explosive and help every audience bound as he identified some of the problems plaguing the sector in Nigeria to low productivity. At the moment, Nigeria accounts for less than 10% of global diary market. And even at that, products from Nigerian diary market are not allowed into western market, due to lo quality products, occasioned by exorbitant cost of training local farmers. He said, poor postheevest handling  and inadequate access to improved processing technologies, insufficient marketing systems, highly subsidized imported milk products, which makes it difficult for local farmers to compete and weak structures. According to Prof Bogoro, due to concatenation of factors already identified, most of the milk produced within the country do not get into the organised processing and marketing chains. 
These trends must change, if Nigeria must muster enough energy to take a deep bite of the US$ 718.9 Billion annual global diary market. He then suggested more investments and subsidy into the sector to enable local farmers acquire the necessary skills, technogies for quality processing etc. 
Some of the common milch animals include cow, goat, buffalo, camel and sheep. The milk obtained from these animals can be consumed directly and processed into ice cream, cheese, butter, condensed milk and yogurt. These products offer various nutrients such as calcium, proteins, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin D and B12. With widespread demand for dairy products and their proactive function in the global food industry, dairy plays a crucial role in the growth of the economies worldwide. Over the years, the dairy industry has witnessed improvements in product safety through specialization, modernization and consolidation. Moreover, advancements in global trade have also influenced the profitability of dairy farms.

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