By Emmanuel Ovuakporie
ABUJA-THE National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) and the Donkey Skin Processors, Marketers and Exporters Association of Nigeria (DSPMEAN) on Tuesday differ with representatives on the bill seeking to ban exportation of donkeys.
At an ongoing public hearing on the Killing of Donkey Prohibition Bill critical stakeholders said the bill would be detrimental to the donkey value chain suggesting that donkey breeding should be rather encouraged.
The bill was introduced to address the increasing decline of donkeys in the country as a result of the demand for donkey skin by China and local consumption of donkey meat.
Mr Haruna Ibrahim a Research Fellow who represented NAPRI said that the socio-economic importance of donkeys especially in northern Nigeria cannot be over emphasised.