Goat Milk, Best For Human Consumption – FUNAAB Researcher

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Fresh goat milk, known as Goat Dough, has been recommended as the best
milk for human consumption because it contains certain properties that
milk from other sources do not have and could also be used to cure
human ailments. This vital information was given by Professor Bukola
Aina of the Department of Animal Production and Health (APH), College
of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Federal
University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

While calling for the return to the old way of producing
fresh milk for the consumption of internal and external members of the
University community, Professor Aina advised the University to invest
money into the milk business, saying “everybody on this campus will
like to take fresh milk. If the University can invest money, people
will be ready to buy it’’. Professor Aina said there were evidences
that goats possess some human residual intellect, which make them
behave as humans. Debunking the claim that the goat is a stubborn
animal; Professor Aina said goat was not. “People misunderstood goat.
The general impression about goat is that it is a stubborn animal. It
is not a stubborn animal’’, he stated.

The Animal Science researcher urged all to treat goats
very well because there were other benefits that human beings could
derive from the goat such as using its faeces as fertilizers on a crop
farm and eating the white meat because it is nutritious, delicious and
affordable. “Animals supply animal protein. Animal protein is very
important because it contains the proteins that human beings also
need. We are not taking enough as recommended by the Food and
Agricultural Organisation (FAO), in this country. We need a minimum of
70 grams of animal protein per day’’, as he decried the practice of
importing meat from neighbouring countries and Europe, saying that by
adopting the right approach and policy, there was nothing stopping
Nigeria from producing more than enough meat and then exporting to
other parts of the world.

The University Don opined that honesty and trust should
play critical roles in the economic development of the country because
stakeholders and industry players do not seem to trust Nigerians with
money. “Majority of Nigerians are not honest enough for people to
trust us with what we are doing. People will be looking for
opportunities to cheat and to manipulate. Trusting one another is a
factor’’, as he advised the University Management to go into large
scale production of all animal species that are good for human
consumption, assuring that there was good market for such. He added
that with what the University was presently doing, people still
preferred coming from town to buy their meat for consumption in FUNAAB
because it is cheaper and of good quality.

The Professor of Animal Production and Health disclosed
further that finance remained the only limitation to good and
result-oriented research in the country, urging governments and other
stakeholders not to pay lip-service to research funding because it
holds the key to the agricultural and technological development of the
country. Professor Aina also believed that vast production of meat by
government should be embarked upon as against the current practice of
importation, saying it was ridiculous for Nigeria; the largest economy
in Africa, to still be importing meat.

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