All Flesh is Grass
Livestock production in Nigeria is possible within the context of an overall improvement in all other aspects of agricultural development. Just as there is a need for grain surplus as a basis for development in pigs and poultry production; so there is a need for adequate soil management and water conservation practices to keep soils productive; good storage facilities and a cheap and efficient processing technique for crop and animal products, good roads and communications for fast transportation of highly perishable products and efficient distribution at low costs to consumers. There is a need to develop adequate organization for getting scientific information to the farmer. But above all, there is a need to guarantee adequate returns to farmers and to provide incentives like good water supply, adequate housing and rural electrification to farming communities. It is only in this context that we can truly develop the capacity necessary to convert all grass to flesh for the benefit of all in Nigeria.