The Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) has revealed that it budgeted over N300 million for infrastructural development of five cattle markets in the state.
Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad made this announcement during the proposal opening for design and supervision consultancy for the markets, at the project office in Kano.
Muhammad listed the cattle markets to be upgraded to include those of Wudil, Dambatta, Gwarzo, Falgore and Dunbulum.
The coordinator lamented the deplorable state of the markets which he said was due to poor infrastructure, despite the huge volume of trade and number of people who transact in them.
He said, “They all lack basic facilities for the humane treatment of livestock on arrival, that is, off-loading, while in the market and during reloading”.
Muhammad, however, announced that the project will invest in infrastructures such as loading and off-loading ramps, watering facilities, office space for market information, security and veterinary services.
He said the project will also invest in lighting for trade and security at night, as well as toilet facilities among other things.
The project, in the long run, he added, would help reduce the loss of condition in marketed animals and also reduction of mortality during transportation.
“The interventions will redefine the way cattle trading is conducted in the markets and will have a far-reaching environmental and social impact,” Muhammad said.
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