Sixty herdsmen from Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi states have been trained to improve livestock business under the aegis of the Association for Promotion of Livestock Production in Sahel and Savannah (APESS).
The project tagged: “APESS-PAMOBARMA PROJECT” is in partnership with Acting For Live (AFL), an NGO based in Paris, France, supported by EU and French Development Agency.
The APESS National Coordinator, Dr Ardo Aliyu, made this known at the inception of the project workshop in Sokoto.
Aliyu said the project was being implemented to support livestock mobility for better access to resources and markets in the three states.
He said the training was also aimed at briefing the stakeholders on the concept and scope of the project; the mode of implementation and strategies to be adopted.
He said herdsmen groups, association members, government officials, security agencies and other relevant stakeholders were converged for the exercise from the three states.
Aliyu said that livestock sections in border communities markets in Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto states would be rehabilitated.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Fisheries and Animal Health, Prof. Abdulkadir Junaid, described the efforts as laudable in recognition of the wealth in livestock business in the country.
Junaidu reaffirmed the state government’s commitment in enhancing livestock and other agricultural businesses.
He assured participants of adequate cooperation and support of government toward achieving success of the programme.
One of the resource persons, Dr Umar Shehu-DakinGari said that various ideas of improving animal feeds because of the scarcity of grazing fields in the region would be discussed.
Shehu-DakinGari lauded members of the association for encouraging herdsmen to send their children to schools to contribute their quotas to national development.
He called for more effort toward tackling security challenges and profitable policies on livestock business across the country.