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MUTURU CATTLE BREED: FUNAAB Reinforces Development…Partners Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, University of Edinburgh,UK On Research

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February 9, 2023

As part of efforts to strengthen Linkages and Partnerships with relevant International institutions as espoused in the University’s 2023-2025 Strategic Plan, FUNAAB has partnered with the Centre For Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom on Research to utilize GCRF Grant to develop Muturu Cattle Breed and halt the prevailing extinction.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with FUNAAB Bulletin on the relevance of the Partnership to the institution, a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator from the Centre, Dr. Oluyinka Opoola disclosed that the Grant acquired for the project is more particular about research impact, skills and knowledge transfer.

Dr. Opoola who was accompanied by her African cum FUNAAB Partner, Dr. Mathew Whetto was earlier received on behalf of the University by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde.

she commended Prof. Kehinde profusely for his passionate interest in research and the development of Muturu cattle breed  in particular, urging the Head of Directorate of Public Relations, Mr. Kola Adepoju during the exclusive interview to deliver her commendation and appreciation to the Acting Vice-Chancellor.

She stated that the Research also aimed at exposing students to the principles of Molecular Biology by getting samples and knowing more about the animals, stressing that two Ph.D students and two undergraduates from FUNAAB are currently working on the project.

Dr. Opoola added that the Animal Genetics and Breeding Department of the University will also serve as a learning hub for the students so that all the skills they acquired from the field and class lectures would help to consolidate on their knowledge. 

She emphasized the need to conserve the breed from going into extinction, noting that it is a very important breed with cultural and socio-economic importance to the people.

The Research Fellow stated that the Muturu Cattle Breed has good meat quality which is higher than other indigenous breed, adding that it is docile, disease-resistant, tolerable to the environment, and can be handled by small-holder farmers.

 According to her, “as a Scientist and a Geneticist, and as an African that appreciates the importance of livestock development, we need to conserve this breed so that we don’t lose the genetic benefit within the country, and Muturu is one of those breeds that I am interested in supporting its conservation so that we don’t lose and endanger the breed”

She noted that FUNAAB Research Station will be her first point of contact for the commencement of the Research which will be used as a Breeding Station and to also serve the neighbouring villages around Abeokuta.

Dr. Opoola said, “when we have a research station that is breeding cattle, the young calves can be sold to these farmers. They too can breed within their locality and by this, we are increasing the population”.

The Veterinary Doctor by training stated that being in FUNAAB as part of developing the Muturu breed is a privilege, stressing that she looks forward to more collaborations with the University.

Dr. Opoola commended Prof. Olusegun Osinowo (rtd), Emeritus Prof. Ayoka Adebambo (rtd), Prof. Akin Omotayo,Prof. Bamidele Oluwatosin, Prof. Christian Ikeobi, Prof. Joe Atungwu, Prof. Alaba Jolaosho  and others for their interest in the development of Muturu cattle breed project.

She specially expressed her appreciation to her African partner, Dr. Mathew Whetto for his expertise, support and cooperation.

Last Updated on February 9, 2023 by FUNAAB



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