By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) on Thursday launched an app for livestock farmers in Nigeria to design how to measure quantity of items of feeds for livestock in Nigeria.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting tagged “Catfish feed calculator pilot project result sharing and final event” to unveil the app, Director of JDPC in Ibadan, Reverend Father. Ezekiel Ade-Owoeye disclosed that a Netherland firm was contracted to design the app for Nigeria farmers.
Reverend Father Owoeye pointed out that the app ” is affordable low-cost feed pellets formulated from locally available ingredients using an application called feed calculator.
Speaking through a program developer at JDPC Mr. Olubunmi Kayode, Reverend Father Owoeye declared that the organisation was worried over the quality of livestocks consuming in the country and it decided to look for a way out.
“What we stand to gain is to better the lives of the masses and to ensure that we have good livestock for commoners in the society. We assess the quality of food we are consuming in Nigeria and as a result of that, we focused on the fish farmers and discovered that they didn’t have quality food to feed their fish”, he said.
Reverend Father Owoeye added, “we also discovered that many of them didn’t have financial resources to buy imported feed to care for their livestock because 90 percent will take their profit. That was why we sourced for ulternative to the imported feeds in order to increase their profit margin and improve the quality of the feed.”
In his remarks, the agricultural consultant, Albert Terver-Best stressed that the app was developed because of the debt been incurred by farmers over the years which has become a thing of
concern, saying, “that was why we look for those who will develop the app in Netherland and gave them our local prescriptions because we can only use it in Nigeria. Since that time, we have seen its effect on our farms.”
A field consultant, John Amole who presented the outcome of the app which was discovered in the last one year to the stakeholders said unveiling the app will contribute greatly to the healthiness of livestock.