Taraba State residents to benefit from livestock initiative – Coordinator

The Taraba state Coordinator, Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support (L-PRES), Mr Hananiah Albert, has said that 40,000 residents of the state will benefit from the Federal Government’s initiative.

Albert said this on Wednesday in Jalingo during the inauguration of the state Steering Committee and Technical Committee of the programme.

According to him, the idea is to support livestock farmers and sector operators with extension services, animal health services and investments in infrastructure, such as the construction and rehabilitation of livestock markets, abattoirs and slaughter slabs.

He also said that the initiative would facilitate the provision of manual and motorized boreholes, installation of weigh bridges and loading ramps in livestock markets and the establishment of an Artificial Insemination Centre.

He further said that 1.43 million Nigerians are to benefit from the initiative and that 30 per cent of the number must be women.

“The deliberate focus on livestock value chain, including cattle, sheep, goat, pigs and poultry, was due to their advantageous position in the North-East zone.

“At least 40,000 people from the state are to benefit from the initiative and would include livestock producers, feed suppliers, equipment dealers, marketers, transporters, processors, input suppliers and off-takers”.

Gov. Agbu Kefas pledged the state government’s support to the committees to ensure a successful implementation of the project.

Kefas, represented by Deputy Gov. Aminu Alkali, described the initiative as a significant step toward boosting the livestock sector and uplifting communities in the state.

In a remark, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prof. Nicholas Namessan, expressed the optimism that the project would help to enhance the livelihood of both rural and urban dwellers.

NAN / Foluke Ibitomi

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