Sokoto, April 29, 2019 The Association for Promotion of Livestock Production in Sahel and Savannah (APESS) has secured one million Euros support from European Union to improve livestock business in Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi states.
Dr Ardo Aliyu, its National Coordinator, told newsmen in Sokoto on Monday that the grant would be used to embark on a project tagged “APESS-PAMOBARMA PROJECT”.
He said that the fund would be used to improve livestock business environment, transportation routes, modern business techniques and awareness among business owners with other associated activities.
Aliyu said that livestock sections in boarder communities markets in Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto states would be rehabilitated.
‘’Security parameters, tax collection formations, marketers’ unions, livestock loading processes in the markets as well as other chains would be enhanced.
“The project is aimed at facilitating more profitable ventures, coordinate business owners’ activities and improve value chains in livestock business.
Aliyu said that programme facilitators were engaged and contacts had been ongoing with livestock business owners, traditional rulers and community groups in the beneficiary states.
He said that the effort was also to educate them on modern business skills, needs and importance of partnership for profitable businesses.
The National President of the association, Dr Jabbo Buba, said the association, which had members in all African countries, had diverse ideas on how to improve animal husbandry.
“We have come out with various ideas of improving animal feeds considering the fact that grazing fields are now scarce in the region.
“The association has also encouraged herdsmen to send their children to schools so as to contribute their quota to national development,’’ he said.
Buba said that the efforts had started yielding positive results in Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi and now extended to North-western states.
He expressed optimism that the effort would go a long way in reducing farmers-headsmen clash and other associated vices as various groups were being sensitised on importance of peace, business growth and self-reliance, among others.