The National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) has called on Federal Government to save the institute from total collapse due to loss of high-priced and breaded animals.
Prof. Clearance Lakpini, the Executive Director, NAPRI, Zaria made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that the institute was running the risk of losing high-priced and breaded animals that had been selected over decades for desirable productive genetic traits.
Lakpini said that a large population of various species of livestock and poultry that must be fed and maintained daily to be in good condition for research and production in the institute “are feeling the heat’’.
Lakpini listed some of the factors to include inadequate, obsolete equipment and untimely release of funds to the institute which made planning inefficient and ineffective.
“The institute production capacity and potential is limited because of dilapidated and inadequate infrastructures, if you look around you will see that many of the animal pens and handling facilities we are using are those we inherited since 1928.
“Yet we are trying to make our impact felt but imagine a farm machinery of over 30 years in this modern age of high technology, how much success can be achieved,’’ he said.
Source: Daily Trust