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Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday formally unveiled 95 million Dollars the State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP), a project of his administration.

Ganduje unveils $95m agro-pastoral project

By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid

Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday formally unveiled 95 million Dollars the State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP), a project of his administration.

The governor disclosed during the official flag-off of the project at Tahir Guest Palace, Kano.

The project was mainly financed by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Life and Livelihoods Fund (LLF).

The bank, in collaboration with other financial institutions, provides concessional financing to the IsDB member countries.

The project, which would be implemented in a five-year period, aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening food security through developing agro-pastoral production systems.

Speaking, at the flag-off of the project, Governor Ganduje stated that the project aimed at agricultural productivity and competitiveness through access to input and credit, value addition and market access, extension services delivery and capacity building.

According to him, the KSADP will provide the much needed solution to farmer-herder conflicts, unfettered nomadism as well as enhance the development of pastoral communities in the state.

He said: “This project among other things will bring to an end the farmers/herders conflict, reduce security risk, improve farm yields, and accelerate livestock production through adoption of modern best practices to generally improve the economic potentials of our small holder farmers.”

“The project also will improve the capacity of our herdsmen to produce and process more milk and pave way for quality beef production. We are of the belief that because of the security implication of nomadic life style such as farmer-herders clashes and the fact that the old system of cattle rearing is more cultural than economical, things must change.”

The governor added that the administration has resolved to create Ruga settlements in state’s forests such as Dansoshiya and with the help of this IsDB supported Project, as the administration is going to make them full-fledged grazing reserve.

He added: “I understand that through this project, the Dawanau International grains market, the largest grains market in West Africa will be upgraded through the provision of essential infrastructure that will help in improving its status as a foremost market. This is in consonance with our desire to promote food crop marketing and market access for our farmers.”

Ganduje, however, assured that his government will ensure timely release of this counterpart fund of $5 million to facilitate smooth implementation of the project.

In his remarks, the Manager, Islamic Development Bank, Regional Hub of Abuja, Mr. Mayoro Niang had explained that the project is aligned to the bank President’s five year plan and the Federal government’s Economic Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Strategy.

He said: “This five year project will contribute to poverty reduction and to strengthen food and nutrition security of vulnerable population in Kano state through sustainable development of livestock and crop selected value chains.”

On the workshop, Mr. Niang said it is to ensure that the quality of the project is maintained and to guarantee proper orientation on its specifics, under applicable policies and procedures of the bank.

In his remarks, Mr. Jena Jacques, from the Lives and Livelihood Funds, said his organization, a partner of the Islamic Development Bank group, is glad to work with the Kano state government to make positive impact on the lives of the poor.

“The fund is delighted to support not only Kano state but also other IsDB member countries to address community health, agriculture and basic infrastructure challenges,” he stated.

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