On May 28, Minister of Livestock Husbandry of Niger Othman gave an interview to reporters and introduced the development of livestock husbandry in Niger.
With about 18 per cent of gross domestic product, 40 per cent of agricultural output, 7 per cent of export earnings and 15 per cent of household income, Niger's livestock sector is the second largest after extractive industries, with 87 per cent of the rural population working directly or indirectly in livestock production, According to Osman. Animal husbandry plays a decisive role in the national economy and plays an irreplaceable role in dealing with the food crisis and eliminating poverty. The government attaches great importance to the development of animal husbandry, set up the animal husbandry department, and in the Niger feed nigerien (3 n) "initiative, increased in water conservancy construction, epidemic prevention, immunization, forage planting and mechanical equipment purchase in areas such as funding, to overcome the bad natural environment, climate change and adverse factors such as frequent livestock epidemic disease. Thanks to joint efforts, The livestock industry in Nigeria has maintained a good momentum of development. In particular, the number of livestock has maintained an increase for nearly 10 years, from 11.46 million in 2005 to 14.46 million in 2012, among which the number of large livestock such as cattle, sheep and camels has increased by 38%, 22% and 7% respectively. At present, livestock products have accounted for 25 percent of Nepal's food consumption.
Osman pointed out that every 0.29 WF invested in livestock husbandry in Niger can boost GDP growth by 1 WF, which is higher than industries such as forestry and fishery. However, the proportion of livestock products processed by deep processing is low, so there is still great room for improvement in benefits. The government has decided to increase the proportion of livestock products processed by deep processing from the current 10% to 20%, so as to realize industrial value-added and increase herdsmen's income. The Government of Niger welcomes other countries to carry out in-depth processing cooperation of livestock products in Niger for mutual benefit and win-win results. Currently, the projects under development include a meat joint plant along the Nigerian border and a meat joint plant in Niamey with a production capacity of 40,000 tons per year in cooperation with Equatorial Guinea. The latter, when completed, will make a profit of 28.5 billion Cfa francs (about us $47.5 million) per year, generate 30 billion CFA francs (about US $50 million) from exports, and pay 1.8 billion CFA francs (about US $3 million) in profits and taxes. In the future, the Ministry of Animal Husbandry will continue to implement the development goals set in the "Rehabilitation Plan", actively promote the formulation of the "2035 Sustainable development Strategy of animal husbandry", and point out the direction for the future development of animal husbandry.