FG Commences Construction of Livestock Development Centres in Yobe
The Federal Government has commenced the construction of three livestock development centres in Yobe State. The project, which includes Jakusko/Nasari grazing reserve with 49,600 hectares, Badegana (190,000 hectares) and Gurjaje (93, 000 hectares), is being executed through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in collaboration with the Yobe State Government, one in each of the senatorial zones in the state. The Yobe state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Mairo Ahmed Amshi, disclosed this during an interactive session with newsmen in Damaturu at the weekend. Speaking, Amshi explained that the aims of the establishment of the centres were to provide security, minimise herders’ movement from one place to another, reduce farmer-herder conflicts, improve livestock value chain, grow the dairy industry and boost revenue generation to the state. According to her, the state government has already provided some structures such as boreholes, earth-dams, veterinary clinic, dispensary, primary schools for herders’ children, feedlot, feed mill, artificial insemination centres, fish ponds, herders’ settlements, milk collection centres, access road, and electricity, among others. Also, the commissioner underscored that the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, in collaboration with the state government, has established the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) Northeast out-reach station at Damaturu as well as secured the approval of the Federal Government on state’s participation in the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Programme (L-Pres programme). “The Yobe State Government also has a livestock investigation and breeding centre located in Nguru. The state has expressed interest in livestock breed improvement programmes. “These are all aimed at enhancing livestock and livestock product production,” she added.