Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, will spend about N2. 5 billion to develop Danshoshiya forest in Kiru Local government area of the state into grazing reserve.
The investment includes construction 20 km of access (earth) roads, 5 solar-powered boreholes with 20,000-litre overhead tanks, development of 4,000 ha of pasture land, a veterinary clinic, livestock marketing facilities, and a nomadic school, among others.
The State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba announced this on Thursday during the bids opening for establishment of a 20 hectares seed multiplication plot, held at the project office in Kano city.
The fodder seeds, which will be cultivated at Dudduru, Ajinigi local government eventually be planted at Dansoshiya Forest to provide feed for cattle and small ruminants.
At full implementation, this activity is expected to yield not less than 100,000 tons of fodder, supporting thousands of livestock units and hundreds of pastoral families all year round.
Malam Ibrahim stated that the bids opening for seeds multiplication was a step towards speedy implementation of the grazing reserve development plan.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, KNARDA, Alh. Ibrahim Sulaiman Dan’Isle, who chaired the Evaluation committee, stated that the bidding process was guided by the principles of transparency, fairness, competition, integrity and value for money.
Responding on behalf of the bidders, who Dr. Y.M. Ishiaku, who represented the National Animal Production Research Institute, NAPRI, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, described the bidding process as satisfactory. He expressed optimism that the seeds multiplication project would go a long way in addressing farmers-herdsmen conflict.
Ameen K. Yassar
Project Communication Specialist
27th August, 2020