‘Kano pastoral project to improve food security’
By Abba Dukawa
Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project will improve food security as well as increase income and livelihood in the state, Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad has said.
This, he said, will support the government’s efforts at enhancing agricultural productivity and competitiveness through access to inputs, value chain and market access, extension services and capacity building.
“It will also contribute significantly to poverty reduction, job creation and food security in the state through sustainable development of selected crop and livestock value chains.”
According to the Communication Specialist of the project, Malam Ameen K. Yassar, in a statement issued to The Triumph, Muhammad stated this while receiving Prof. Musa Tukur Yakasai, a former Vice Chancellor, Kano University of Technology, Wudil, who is also the Principal Consultant, Centre for Agro Entrepreneurship and Development on a visit to the project office, recently.
“As you may be aware, this project is funded mainly by the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihood Fund (LLF), and it aims to improve livelihoods for the target groups by helping farmers to identify and manage their own development needs, improving livestock production and improving marketing systems and infrastructure for grains and livestock products,” the coordinator said.
He assured that the project was ready to work closely with all stakeholders, governmental and non-governmental agencies and the private sector to ensure that the project’s mission and vision are achieved.
In his remarks, Prof. Yakasai explained that the Centre for Agro Entrepreneurship and Development, is engaged in agribusiness and general entrepreneurship and livelihood training of especially women, youths and other vulnerable groups, to take advantage of the enormous goldmines that abound in agriculture and environmental management, for sustainable national development.