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Title:Raw material production for export in Northern Nigeria: the experience of the people in the livestock and allied industries under British rule c. 1900-1960
Author:Sani, Abubakar Babajo
Periodical:African Economic History (ISSN 0145-2258)
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:livestock policy
animal products
colonial economy
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41756122
Abstract:This paper investigates the ways in which the British colonial State exploited resources in the livestock and related industries in Northern Nigeria, notably Borno and Hausaland, in the period 1900-1960. After an outline of livestock production and trade in livestock and related products in the precolonial Northern Nigerian economy, the paper examines measures taken by the colonial government to re-orient the trade in livestock and related products. Transformation was achieved mainly through increasing government control over resources in the region. The single most important raw materials required by the colonial State were hides and skins, followed at a distance by blood, bones, horns and hoofs, and from the 1950s, also meat. All policies introduced in the livestock industry - taxation, monetization, ordinances - were subordinated to the production of hides and skins. The new structure was characterized by the export of raw or semi-processed materials and the importation of manufactured goods at the expense of locally manufactured products. As a result, the local livestock industry declined and became part of the periphery of the Western trading system. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]