ABUJA – Quail birds, although uncommon and costly to rare, are a good source of protein, with highly medicinal egg value, Mr Istifanus Malgwi, a veterinarian, has said.
Malgwi, a Research Officer and Livestock Investigator, National Veterinary Research Institute(NVRI),Vom, Plateau, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
He said breeding of the quail birds was uncommon in Nigeria as livestock farmers lacked the education needed for effective production of the highly nutritious birds for sales.
“We have the local and English types of quail birds which can be bred from six months to a year; the eggs also have medicinal values and contain a lot of calcium phosphorus.
“Medically, they have curative elements for high blood pressure, hypertension, ulcers and the rest.
“The meat is tasty, when people are fully aware of its benefits and value, I think they will indulge in making it an essential part of their meals.”
He, however, noted that cotsly incubators were needed to hatch the birds’ eggs.
“In the wild, the mother bird can hatch the eggs but while breeding domestically and for business, incubators that range from N40,000 to N60,000 are needed.
“The financial aspects of getting good incubators may discourage livestock farmers but with adequate knowledge of its nutritional values, we like to encourage breeding.”
He, therefore, urged the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to create awareness and financial outlets as part of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda to promote this new trend of production.
NAN reports that through the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, five livestock value chains have been created so far. Tthey include: Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Goat, Poultry and Leather Value Chains. (NAN)