It was time to take a preliminary degree course in a Nigerian university, just like every other Nigerians of my age. My interest was much heightened to study one of the “influential” or rather popular university courses and for me it was Electrical Electronics Engineering. I had my pre-degree form painstakingly completed and neatly packaged for submission with all documents expressly attached. The excitement of a potential engineer heralded me, till an official at the point of submission sought to have a word with me.He narrated to me the competitiveness of getting into the faculty of engineering to study Electrical Electronics Engineering in a prestigious university as am applying for and strongly suggested that I consider applying to study ANY other course offered in the faculty of agriculture to brighten my chance of admission.On getting home, I sat with my dad with the course brochure – a document that contains all Nigerian academic institutions and the respective courses they offer – in my hand.My task was to mention a course for my dad will expatiate on its application to real-life daily living. Immediately, he finished discussing “Animal Production and Health”, I discovered my hidden passion for animal production. Nippily I opted for the course and my passion grew daily as I studied the course. I often visit the University Teaching and Research Farm alone, staring at the cattle, sheep and goat with the heart to tender the animals. Soon I became a student member of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), an experience that opened me to international livestock practice via materials and conferences. As an intern, I raised pigs, broiler chickens, pullet chickens and rabbits. The experience was quite amazing and educative. It was obvious that I have a life in agriculture and most especially livestock development. It wasn’t long before the challenging state of livestock development in Nigeria and West Africa became a burden to my heart. My worrying heart sought urgent answers to several burning questions:
- Why are we not producing enough meat and milk to meet the increasing Africa’s Livestock Population Demand?
- Why has several livestock development project failed in Africa and most especially Nigeria?
- Why do majority of farmers still employ crude methods, equipment and techniques during livestock reproduction?
- Can’t livestock farmers mate their animals once and be certain there will be conceptions?
- How can livestock farmers reduce the waste of time, resources and anxiety during breeding?
- Why is there scarce funding support for livestock farmers in Nigeria?
- How can our indigenous breeds be improved, rapidly multiplied and commercialized on a large scale?