NSUK (28) Inaugural Lecture- Professor of Animal Nutrition, M. M. Ari advocate for “Single-Cell Protein” (SCP) adoption in Nigeria.
A professor of Animal Nutrition, at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Maikano Mohammed Ari, says investing in research and development is the only way to identify and develop local microorganisms suitable for Single Cell Protein production in Nigeria.
He disclosed while delivering a thirty-eight (28) inaugural lecture series of the Nasarawa State University, held at the Assembly Hall, the main campus of the institution, in Keffi, Wednesday.
While delivering the thirty-eight inaugural lecture entitled “Single-Cell Proteins: Unlocking Opportunities to Address Monogastric Feed Supply Challenges, a professor of Animal Nutrition, Maikano Mohammed Ari, said Single Cell protein has a significant impact on reducing the environmental footprint of poultry farming and promoting sustainable practices, particularly in the context of backyard poultry houses in Nigeria.
According to Maikano Ari, Nigeria is known for its significant livestock population which includes, cattle, with 20 million, sheep, 41 million, goats, 41 million, pigs 1. 8 million and 180 million poultry as gathered by the National Bureau of Statistics 2019, maintaining that address these challenges, it requires a holistic approach involving government policies and actions, investment in infrastructure, research and development as well as the promotion of sustainable Agricultural practices.
Professor Ari, who is a Dean of postgraduate studies, therefore, recommended that implementing single-cell protein adoption in Nigeria would require a multi-faceted approach which is Research and development, capacity building, pilot projects, public awareness, collaboration and partnership, stressing that implementing these recommendations, Nigeria can work towards the successful adoption of Single Cell protein, contributing to food security, sustainable Agriculture, and economic development.
Earlier, the vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, said with a few months remaining to complete his tenure, he will continue to give priority to the inaugural lectures to enhance academic excellence and performance among staff and students.
He said the topic selected by the lecturer is apt and central which addresses the issue of food security in Nigeria, thus, appreciated the Lecturers of the university for submitting themselves for the lecture series.
The royal fathers at the event, the emir of Nasarawa, Ibrahim Usman Jibrin, and the Andoma of Doma, Aliyu Ogah Onawo, described Professor Maikano Ari as humble and dedicated to his work, particularly in academics, urging him to sustain the tempo just as a place of honour was presented to the inaugural lecturer.