FG May Ban Sale And Consumption Of ‘Kpomo’

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There are signals suggesting that the Federal
Government may soon be banning the sale and
widespread consumption of hides and skins
(kpomo) which is a delicacy to most Nigerians.
According to reports, the Minister of Agriculture and
Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina called
for a stronger check on the consumption and sale of
the product.
Speaking at the 3rd joint anniversary of Animal
Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and Nigeria
Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) held at the
University of Ibadan, Dr. Akinwumni noted that
hides and skins ought to be tanned into leather for a
very high dollar return to the farmer and tanneries.
He also noted that this would enable farmers make
a bigger profit because they would able to turn the
hides and skins into leather.
The minister who was represented at the occasion
by the director in charge of animal production and
husbandry in the ministry, Dr. Ademola Raji said: “I
expect that competent regulations acceptable by all
stakeholders will be developed so as to give
credibility that our set standards for food safety are
being implemented which will boost value addition.”
The minster also commended NIAS for its advocacy
and public enlightenment programs on Radio and
Television that promote value addition in Livestock,
as against sale and consumption of primary
products alone, particularly with the issue of
curtailing the widespread consumption of hides and
skins (Kpomo).

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