TESLIMAT TOLUWALASHE TESLIM (Kano)
SPONSORED BY: H&H
About 1, 364, 612 livestock (cows, goats and sheep) were vaccinated during the 2021 Livestock Vaccination campaign conducted in Kano state by the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project.
The vaccination, which gulped over N80 million, was conducted with funds provided by the Islamic Development Bank, the Lives and Livelihoods Funds and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, taking into account the importance of the livestock sector as a backbone of the food system and a contributor to food security, poverty alleviation and agricultural development in Nigeria.
The vaccination, also aims to address public health concerns arising from consumption of products originating from livestock.
The State Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad announced this during the opening of a one-day workshop and presentation of empowerment packages to beneficiaries of a Cattle fattening empowerment scheme, jointly organized by the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science and Promex Multi-Services Nigeria Ltd.
He said the KSADP also intended to “invest substantially in several livestock development interventions including construction of a Livestock reference laboratory, annual livestock vaccination, commercial large scale fodder production, engagement of animal health workers, empowerment of livestock fatteners, construction of milk collection centers and mitigation of farmers-herdsmen conflict, designed to create huge economic and food security impact in the state”.
Regarding the collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science and Promex Multi-Services Nigeria Ltd., the State Project Coordinator said the programme which was basically smallholder, was targeted at youth, to enable them get more involved in meat production and food security.
Malam Ibrahim observed that the collaboration was beyond training of youth as through KSADP, the government of Kano state had allocated 10 hectares of land to the institute, at Kadawa, to serve as demonstration plot for fodder production, adding that development of the land had began in earnest.
Speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science and Promex Multi-Services Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Abiola Fola-Bolumole, said the partnership was a major milestone, explaining that each of the 14 youth involved would take home a cow and an empowerment package for feed.
While stressing the importance of investing in livestock fattening providing food, job creating and poverty reduction, he urged beneficiaries of the workshop and livestock fattening scheme to make good use of the knowledge they will gain.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, KNARDA, Dr. Junaidu Yakubu Muhammad spoke at length on the efforts of Kano state government to improve livestock breeding, in line with the Federal government’s livestock transformation plan.
One of the beneficiaries, Ibrahim Musa Atamu, expressed appreciation to KSADP, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science and Promex Multi-Services Nigeria Ltd. for finding them worthy of participation in the programme, saying it would help them to be self reliant.
WORLD MILK DAY: KANO AGRO-PASTORAL PROJECT ENGAGES STAKEHOLDERS ON COMMERCIAL FODDER PRODUCTION
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
Sponsored by: H&H
Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project team on Wednesday, met with key stakeholders, concerning the project’s proposed commercial large scale fodder production. The interaction coincided with events to mark the World Milk Day.
World Milk Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on June 1 that recognizes the contributions of milk and dairy sector to the world.
Empirical studies have shown that availability and quality of fodder has a significant impact on livestock production cost efficiency, especially of milk.
Speaking during the occasion, the State Project Coordinator, Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad explained that the project’s intended intervention in fodder development was borne out of the desire to address shortage of livestock feed in Kano, in a sustainable way, adding that private sector involvement is key towards achieving the objective.
“The initiative also aims to appreciably lessen farmers-herdsmen conflict and other security challenges, arising from movement of pastoralists with their livestock over long distances in search of feed.”
Thus, to promote fodder development in the state, “our project will support investment in commercial large scale fodder production in partnership with the private sector. 20 private sector investors interested in fodder production on plots of no less than 50 ha each will be assisted in the development of pastures, provision of harvesting and baling equipment and marketing facilities”, the Project Coordinator emphasized.
Kano State government will make land available from its grazing reserves for the fodder development purpose and it is expected that at least 1,000 hectares of pastures which yield up to 25 tonnes per hectare will be developed.
“This is apart from the support to be given to 5,000 youths who will grow one hectare of fodder each, from which they will cut and sell for profit. We also have a separate smallholder fodder production arrangement for each of the families at Dansohiya Grazing reserve”, Malam Ibrahim disclosed.
He added that “the project has procured crop residue processing machines and related assorted materials worth millions of Naira, to be distributed to about 1,000 youth soon, to enable them produce and sell ‘farm wastes’ that could be used as livestock feeds after crops have been harvested”.
The Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, KNARDA, Dr. Sha’arani Habibu Musa, in his remarks, described feed as one of the key constraints of livestock development in Nigeria, emphasizing that strong partnership between KSADP and the private sector will go a long way in providing fodder for livestock in Kano.
Stakeholders who made submissions during the interactive session made suggestions concerning access to production resources, training of prospective fodder producers, linkages with markets and sustainability of the intervention.
KANO AGRO PROJECT RECRUITS, TRAINS 220 COMMUNITY ANIMAL HEALTH WORKERS
TESLIM TESLIM (Kano)
Sponsored by: H&H
Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP with funding from the Islamic Development Bank and Lives and Livelihood Funds, LLF, has conducted training for 220 Community Animal Health Workers, engaged by the project to render veterinary services across the state.
During the commencement of the training, conducted in collaboration with Smartex Global Resources Ltd., KSADP’s Livestock Specialist, Dr. Garba Saleh, explained that the training is aimed at equipping the new Community Animal Health Workers with veterinary techniques in line international best practices.
“The expected outcomes from the training include improvement of animal health and maximizing animal products, growth of income generation from livestock, better access to markets and eventually, securing the livelihoods of pastoralists and rural dwellers”.
Addressing the trainees, the State Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, said they were engaged to make veterinary services available to all communities, since efficient extension delivery requires private sector involvement.
He stated that they were also expected to link breeders to animal insemination services, connect pastoralists to vet clinics even as they would be mentored and guided by professionals, employed by the State Ministry of Agriculture.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Balarabe Hassan Karaye emphasized that the trainees would be supervised by veterinarians and would assist in periodic livestock vaccination campaigns.
For quality assurance of their services, he announced that KSADP will register them with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria to enable them get professional practice license.
The training participants were given a Starter kit each, containing protective clothing, tool boxes, cold boxes, assorted drugs and equipment as well as branded hand bags.
They are expected to offer services for a fee in their communities, thus, enabling them to get some income and restock
KANO AGRO PROJECT CONSTRUCTS VETERINARY REFERENCE LABORATORY WORTH N68. 6 MILLION
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
Sponsored by: H&H
Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, has awarded contract worth N68, 652, 601. 21, for the construction of a Veterinary Reference laboratory at Gwale Vet Clinic, in Kano.
Veterinary reference laboratories are service facilities where several vital functions related to veterinary sciences, such as the diagnosis, determination of treatment options, prevention, and monitoring of animal diseases are undertaken.
The laboratory plays key role in animal health protection by preventing and controlling livestock diseases.
Contract for the project was awarded to an indigenous firm, Golden Ripples Construction Company Nigeria Limited, with a completion period of 12 months.
Shortly after signing the contract documents, the State Project Coordinator, Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad highlighted that “the project, which is the first of its kind in Northern Nigeria, is aimed at securing both livestock and human health, in view of the large population of livestock and the increasing demand for animal-derived foods in the state”.
“When completed, the facility will not only serve Kano but all the neighboring states it will drastically cut the cost of managing animal health problems in our communities”, he said.
According to Malam Ibrahim, “one of the key activities of the KSADP is to enhance livestock health, productivity and production enhancement, and this intervention is one of the activities in that regard”.
The Managing Director, Golden Ripples Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Alkali promised that professional standards will be adhered to in executing the work, assuring that the edifice will be a model for other states.
While handing over the site for construction of the Veterinary laboratory, the Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Balarabe Hassan Karaye charged the contractor to deliver qualitative work promptly
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