Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project has expressed plans to empower 6, 000 residents of the state, with rams and goats, under its livestock fattening and reproduction schemes.
This was made known by the Project Coordinator of KSADP, Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, during the flag-off of the distribution programme in Rano, Kibiya, Bunkure, Kura, Garun Mallam, and Sumaila Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaking during the event, Muhammad explained that the programme was funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihood Fund, and has targeted vulnerable people, especially women and less privileged in the state.
“It was envisaged that women and youths in rural communities breed livestock because they serve as a source of food, income, and manure among others.
“Therefore, the state government is determined to support you with small ruminants through KSADP, so that your livelihoods can be improved,” he said.
According to the project coordinator, the livestock would be given to beneficiaries for free, noting that those who will get fattening rams and goats will be supported with animal feed and medicaments.
Muhammad however urged beneficiaries of the programme to make good use of the opportunity, to improve their economic status, siting the present economic situation in the country, as the reason why the gesture should be judiciously used to improve their lives.
He added that community animal health workers have been trained and provided with equipment by the KSADP, to render professional services to them, to minimise livestock health challenges.
However, one of the beneficiaries, Kala Bunkure, expressed gratitude to the Islamic Development Bank, the LLF, and the state government, for bringing succour to them, promising to take good care of the livestock.