Although poverty remains a serious challenge to the socio-economic development of Kano state, agro pastoral development has been identified as a key driver of change in the state.
According to the latest Nigerian Living Standards Survey issued by the National Bureau of Statistics in May 2020, 55.1 percent of the population in Kano lives below the poverty line.
In this regard, the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, plans to contribute to reducing poverty and strengthening food and nutrition security in the state, by developing agro-pastoral production systems comprising production, processing, and retailing.
The State Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad disclosed this during a Stakeholders sensitization workshop on legumes crops value chain intervention on Tuesday.
“It is our desire that KSADP’s intervention in agriculture and pastoral activities in Kano will keep pace with the needs of the people – job creation, poverty alleviation and food security”, he stated.
“Looking at Kano’s agricultural potentials, comparative advantages exist in the production of rice, maize, sorghum and millet, groundnut, cowpea, soya beans and many livestock sub sector opportunities, which can create employment, provide food and income, provide raw materials and boost foreign exchange”.
“The target beneficiaries of our programs are mainly smallholder farmers and pastoralists. Other key beneficiaries include actors involved in the value chain of agro-pastoralism such as extension agents, processors, marketers, input suppliers, and financial institutions”.
“At the end of the life time of our project, which is five years, it is expected that about 1. 26 million people would have benefitted. This will have a far-reaching impact on the economy of Kano.”
Malam Ibrahim Garba pointed out that the KSADP is working with agricultural agencies like KNARDA and SG Africa, across selected value chains, to make the desired impact on the socio-economic landscape of the state.
“All we need is the cooperation of stakeholders – the farmers, the extension agents, policy makers, agricultural agencies etc to make the set goals achievable”.
The state Deputy Governor and commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, represented by the Managing Director of KNARDA, Dr. Junaidu Yakubu, said the state government sought the intervention of the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihood Fund, LLF, to initiate KSADP, with a view to modernizing agriculture in state.
To attain the project’s vision, he stated that the workshop was organized to carry all stakeholders along, spelling out the role of each entity towards the success of the project’s interventions.
Ameen K. Yassar
Project Communication Specialist
9th March, 2021