Please don’t ban the ponmo – Stakeholders appeal to FG

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Imal Silvaagripreneur and advocate for sustainable agriculture, called on the federal government not to ban the ponmo for the sake of the people who have made it their specialty.

Silva said that people over 40 could not eat a lot of ordinary meat, because such a ponmo was more ideal for them, and there were certain tribes for whom ponmo was part of their delicacy.

“Government shouldn’t say because some people make a lot of money exporting hides and skins and then arrest the poor who also buy them for cooking and eating,” he said.

Silva urged the federal government to raise more cattle so there would be enough to eat and export.

He also called on cowhide exporters to partner with different players in the beef industry to seize the opportunity to breed more cattle.

Silva added that they should sell beef as well as hides and make more money from partnerships.

“There is also a need to research more alternatives to cowhide, both animal and plant-based options,” he said.

Mallam Farouk Hassana meat vendor in Abuja said the ponmo ban was not what people needed.

“If you forbid ponmowhat is the alternative that people can afford?

“I am a meat seller and I have been doing this job for more than 20 years and I can tell you that ponmo is a lifeline for many homes.

“What we need is for the government to make the environment safer so that farmers can get back to the farm. It will also help animal husbandry to improve,” Hasan said.

Mrs Folashade Ajewolea farmer, called on the government to reconsider its position and look into the matter closely.

“The ban on ponmo is not the problem, what will be the alternative to ponmo for people, do we have industries that will use cowhide for the different shoes and bags we need? » Ajewole wondered.

“Government needs to make the environment safer, let more people raise cattle because that will help because there will be more cattle to eat and export,” she says.

NAN reminds that Professor Muhammad Yakubuthe Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Institute of Leather Technology and Science, Zaria, had spoken out on the decision to ban the ponmo.

Yakubu revealed that the decision to ban the ponmo was aimed at resuscitating the moribund tanneries and leather industry in the country.

He said the habit of eating animal skin, which had no nutritional value, should be stopped in order to save the industry and boost the country’s economy.

The DG said the institute, together with industry stakeholders, would approach the National Assembly and state governments to pass legislation banning the consumption of ponmo.

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