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Alcorn scientist presents paper at the first International Swine Summit in Nigeria
Dr. Michael Ezekwe, professor of animal science and director of the Alcorn State University Swine Development Center, recently presented a paper titled “Key Considerations for Successful Small-Scale Commercial Pork Production” at the first International Conference on Swine Production in Ibadan, Nigeria. He was presented with a plaque at the conference.
The summit was organized by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science, a regulatory body in Nigeria for the practice of animal science.
“The conference theme “Mitigating Challenges in Pig Production and Marketing” was meant to bring scientists and farmers together to address the problems facing the swine industry in Nigeria,” said Isitifanus Dafwang, professor at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. “The conference was attended by swine experts from Europe, other West African countries, local Nigerian universities as well as over 500 farmers representing swine producers.”
The conference highlighted various perspectives of the swine industry in the developing country, which will serve as bases for crafting a work plan to improve production in Nigeria. The farmers agreed to work toward a renewed effort to form farmer’s advocacy groups to seek support from their governments, according to a conference spokesperson.
While in Nigeria, Dr. Ezekwe completed the first stage for signing an agreement of understanding between the ASU Swine Development Center and the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science aimed at collaboration on educational, research and training activities mutually beneficial to both institutions. The agreement will be presented to the Alcorn State University administration for final signatures in January 2011.