This Day (Lagos)

25 May 2012

Nigeria: Firm Unveils Technology to Boost Livestock Farming

In a bid to ensure that farmers get the maximum production from their livestock, Vestergaard Fredsen has unveiled an innovative product for the agricultural sector.

The Regional Director of the company, Mr. Thomas Hansen, while addressing journalists shortly after the launch of the product - Zerofly livestock in Abuja - said the move was part of measures to support the transformation agenda of the government for the sector.

He said the product, which is a simple but technologically-advanced screen, is made of polyethylene polymer with insecticide incorporated into the yarns.

Describing the product, he said it was approved by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations for use in agriculture. He said following the official launch in the country, Nigeria is the second country after Bangladesh to benefit from the innovation.

He said, "We are very excited to apply our expertise in the field of vector control for human health to a new platform for improving animal health. Our goal is to enable small farmers in Nigeria to increase milk quality and yield, either with current cows or with higher yielding exotic breeds.

"We expect the product to keep livestock healthier and more productive. This will make an immediate and positive contribution to food security for farmers and for the country," he added.

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