There are signals suggesting that the Federal Government may soon be banning the sale and widespread consumption of hides and skins (kpomo) which is a delicacy to most Nigerians.
According to reports, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina called for a stronger check on the consumption and sale of the product.
Speaking at the 3rd joint anniversary of Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) held at the University of Ibadan, Dr. Akinwumni noted that hides and skins ought to be tanned into leather for a very high dollar return to the farmer and tanneries.
He also noted that this would enable farmers make a bigger profit because they would able to turn the hides and skins into leather.
The minister who was represented at the occasion by the director in charge of animal production and husbandry in the ministry, Dr. Ademola Raji said: “I expect that competent regulations acceptable by all stakeholders will be developed so as to give credibility that our set standards for food safety are being implemented which will boost value addition.”
The minster also 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 (Kpomo).