Lakpini: NAPRI’s Research Facilities are Old and Obsolete
The Executive Director of the National Animal Production Research Institute, Prof. Clarence Lakpini highlights the strategic importance of the body to Nigeria’s food security and laments that the institute’s aged facilities are impeding this mandate. Crusoe Osagie presents excerpts from the interview:
Please describe the mandate of the National Animal Production Research Institute?
The National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Shika Zaria is mandated to conduct research into increasing the productivity of food animals through breeding, nutrition, management and socio-economic innovations and packages. These species of animals include but are not limited to cattle for beef and milk, sheep and goats for mutton and chevon, poultry for eggs and meat, pigs for pork, camels for meat and milk and donkeys and rabbits for meat. The research into forage production and management complement breeding and management programmes for optimal productivity of these animals.