THE Federal Government of Nigeria has insisted on banning the sale and consumption of Ponmo.

This indication emerged when the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina called for competent regulations that would check the consumption and sale of the product.

He noted that livestock farmers would stand good chances of making high dollar return if the hides and skins (Ponmo) are tanned into leather,if it is achieved.

The minister who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Animal Production and Husbandry in the Ministry,Dr. Ademola Raji, 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 as ponmo which ought to be tanned into leather for a very high dollar return to the farmer and Tanneries.

The minister stressed that FG would continue to drive its Agricultural Transformation Agenda with increased vigor in all its ramifications, pleading for continuous support and cooperation of all stakeholders in the livestock sector to deliver the benefits.

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