The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has described livestock industry as key to resolving the lingering herder-farmer crisis in Nigeria.
He said “if the industry could get necessary attention, it would do a lot in setting herder-farmer disputed across the country.”
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar on Saturday, the governor stated this on Friday when the National Project Coordinator of Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project, L-PRES, Winnie Lai-Solarin, paid him a courtesy call at the Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The governor expressed his administration’s commitment to the development of livestock industry, saying, “that is why we came up with this issue of RUGA settlement in the state, at Dansoshiya forest.”
Mr Ganduje added that “We take this issue of livestock industry very important, that was why we sponsored some Fulani youth to Turkey and learned artificial insemination.
“Only Fulani youth were sponsored and they completed their training. We included female youth in the training, because they are the ones who are more engaged in milk processing and marketing than their Male counterparts,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
Mr Ganduje however stated that livestock industry is being neglected for decades, and according to him, that had caused some identified setbacks in the economy of the country.
He also assured his administration’s commitment to support the L-PRES, noting that it is a good omen to the country.
“I am telling you that we are glad to be part of this good project. I am therefore informing you that we are solidly behind this initiative. You have our support. We accept this programme very well,” Ganduje said.
Earlier, Mrs Lai-Solarin expressed her gratitude for the governor’s acceptance and support for the project, assuring that they shall come and copy many things from Kano.
“We will be learning from you Your Excellency. So that we can know how to do it very well,” she assured.
She added that the project came into being in order to revisit the importance and potentialities of livestock for economic development, adding that it would also improve productivity and commercialization of livestock in the country.
She explained that the project has three major components, which include strengthening national institutions on livestock industry as well as both individual and institutional capacity around that.
Other components, according to Lai-Solarin, is to enhance the value chain productivity, and to promote conflict prevention between farmers and herders.