Animal bones, good raw materials for ceramics, fish feed — Expert

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Animal bonesMrs Jadesola Adebuga, an expert in Agricultural Economics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said on Wednesday that animal bones had great value in ceramic production and agriculture.

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Adebuga told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo that cow bones were rich in calcium and were also a good raw material for the production of ceramics.

According to her, animal bones, especially cow bones, have been tested and found to be rich in calcium for fish and other aquatic animals.

“It is really helping them to survive and keep healthy.

‘’Aside that, the poultry farmers are also using the powder form of the by-product to feed their chicken for the purpose of making them strong and healthy.

‘’Also, most of these ceramics companies are using the cow bone for the production of ceramics plates and tiles,’’ Adebuga added.

Meanwhile, the  head  of an abattoir at Fakunle Area of Osogbo, Mr Lukman Olaadura, told NAN that the buyers of the cow bone came from neighbouring countries such as the Republic of Benin.

Olaadura said: ‘’people come all over the  place to get the cow bone, in fact, people used to come from Cotonou (Benin Republic) to make purchases, may be because it is not that expensive here.

‘’We can sell everything we generate for the whole month for N3,000; you know it is also a good way of getting rid of our refuse which we would have been spending money to dispose.’’

In addition, Dr Tolu Bewaji of the Department of Animal Science, Obafemi  Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, also told NAN that  animal bones were also valuable for industrial purposes.

‘’First and foremost, the by-product can be used  as a raw material in the production of ceramic plates, which cost the country billions of naira to import every year.

“The usage of the animal bones  as a raw material has a dual advantages; aside the industrial benefit, it will go a long way to reduce environmental hazard, which could have threatened the ozone layer.

‘’I am enjoining the government  to take the issue of agro-allied industries seriously for the benefit of the real sector of the economy and the agricultural sector as wel.”

Bewaji, however, noted that at present, those who used the bone to feed their fish and chicken were more than those who used it to produce plates.(NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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