September 29, 2018
Chi Farms Limited, a subsidiary of TGI Group, in partnership with
ZOETIS, a global animal health care company and representative of Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation in Africa is set to commission an
ultra-modern animal care veterinary centre in Ibadan, Oyo state,
Nigeria, called “City Laboratory”.
The commissioning is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 12,
The project which was executed under ZOETIS’s African Livestock
Productivity and Health Advancement initiative (A.L.P.H.A.) aims at
establishing sustainable veterinary diagnostic networks and animal
health infrastructure in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, that will
execute scientific research programmes, deliver quality diagnostic
products, medicines and vaccines as well as carry out genetic tests,
biodevices and a range of other animal care services.
Supported by the Zoetis/ALPHA Initiative, Chi Farms’ City Laboratory was
established with the purpose of improving livestock health in Nigeria
through production and supply of quality medicines and veterinary
consultations to local farmers.
According to the Country Lead of Zoetis/ALPHA Initiative, Mr. Joshua
Olorungbemi, the technical capacity of ZOETIS as the world leader in
animal health endeared them to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
who are co-funders of the ALPHA initiative.
“We are committed to supporting similar laboratory network across
Nigeria to enable Farmers get access to veterinary diagnostic services”
The General Manager of Chi Farms Limited, Dr. Tunji Olaitan stated that
despite Chi Farms’ standing at the pinnacle of the Nigerian poultry
industry as the most viable and successful Grand Parent Integrator both
for Meat and Layer lines, the organization has progressively evolved to
consistently offer Nigeria livestock farmers premium products and
“Our Offerings include a wide range of products and services, presenting
a robust and preferred choice, including enriched facilities opening up
informed access to quality healthcare delivery and management. Our goal
is to ensure farmers investments are secured and sustainable”.
According to him, CHI Farms’ selection as one of Nigeria’s two executors
of Project A.L.P.H.A by ZOETIS is a welcome development, as the
organization is always willing to form alliances with like minds in
order to create value for our farmers and ultimately the Nation.
He further stated that “with ZOETIS providing technical expertise as
well as materials and equipment needed for education and training,
coupled with our own experience, facility and reach, the impact of this
project will be fulfilling”.