According to the DSPMEA (Donkey Skin Processors Marketers and Export Association), Nigeria could generate more than $2billion in breeding, processing, marketing and export of donkeys if the government invests massively in the sector.
Mr. Ifeanyi Dike, National Vice President of the DSPMEA, in a statement, said that the country lacked donkeys, adding that they will be collaborating with Earthwheel Logistics Ltd., to take livestock beyond the borders of Nigeria.
He said: “We understand the fears in certain quarters about donkeys going into extinction, but these fears are misplaced and even the bill to prohibit the export of donkeys may not have gone through some empirical processes. This business has the potential to generate about $2 billion to Nigeria annually.
“This initiative to produce more donkeys and use their derivatives for export in order to earn foreign exchange for Nigeria is in line with the diversification agenda of the Federal government in the agriculture sector.
“We have set up donkey ranches in Bauchi and Jigawa states and other parts of the North, and we have established another mini ranch in Ufuma in Anambra State, where modern facilities have been put in place to enhance the breeding of donkeys,” he said.
Dike maintained that donkey value chain has created over 5,000 jobs, which ranges from the breeders, to those who slaughter, down to the sellers, adding that government should not place export ban on it.
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