In a bid to boost livestock productivity in Nigeria, the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) has partnered with the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in pasture production in the state.
The partnership was disclosed in a statement by the Project Communication Specialist, Ameen Yassar, who noted that the partnership was the outcome of a meeting between officials of the two organizations at the side-lines of the just-concluded National Agricultural Show, held at Karu, Nasarawa State.
Yassar noted that the availability of pasture was very crucial to the development of Nigeria’s growing livestock industry, as the basic supply of animal protein (milk and meat) was majorly derived from cattle and small ruminants.
Remarking, the State Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Muhammad, said four hectares of land had been allocated to NIAS at Kadawa, Garun Mallam Local Government Area, for pasture production as part of the partnership.
“When the demo plot is fully developed, it will be handed over to us (KSADP) and it will be used, not only for pasture production but also for training of students of Agriculture as well as for servicing of pasture producers and livestock farm owners.
“This will go a long way in supporting our fodder development initiative, since presently; we have a 20-hectare fodder seed multiplication scheme at Dudduru in Ajingi Local Government Area, which is expected to form the backbone of large-scale commercial fodder production in the state.
“The more fodder we produce locally, the more pastoralists’ families we support. So, there will be no need for them to travel long distances to get pasture since the seasonal migration poses serious security risks and exposes them to economic loss,” Muhammad stated.
On his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science, Prof. Eustace Ayemere Iyayi, said the initiative would help in addressing the increasing demand for fodder.
According to him, the institute would use irrigation and rain-fed pasture production techniques to develop the four hectares it received.
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