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, all in Northern Nigeria.
Dr Ardo Aliyu, its National Co-ordinator, told newsmen in Sokoto on Monday that the grant would be used to embark on a project tagged “APESS-PAMOBARMA PROJECT”.
The fund would be used to improve livestock business environment, transportation routes, modern business techniques and awareness among business owners with other associated activities, Voice of Nigeria reports.
The livestock sections in border communities’ markets in Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto states would also be rehabilitated.
His words:“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, co-ordinate business owners’ activities and improve value chains in livestock business.
“It will also assist in no small measure in addressing farmers/herdsmen feud as well as enhancing unity and understanding between the two parties.’’
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.’’
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-herdsmen clash and other associated vices as various groups were being sensitized on importance of peace, business growth and self-reliance, among others.