‘Sokoto model for livestock transformation’

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… targets 2,000 widows for animal breeding initiative

Rakiya A. Muhammad

Sokoto State Cattle Breeding programme can generate more than N500 billion per annum, and it is a model for livestock transformation in Nigeria.

Commissioner Animal Health and Fisheries Development, Sokoto Professor Abdulqadir Junaidu stated this when members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Sokoto State Chapter visited the ministry as part of 16 Days activism against gender-based violence.

“We did an estimate, with these programmes we are creating, especially on the livestock sub-sector alone, if we have this well managed, the state could generate more than 500 billion per annum,” he disclosed.

“And our budget is not up to N200billion; we can use the surplus in doing other programmes. That’s why the federal government is trying to take our state as a model.”

The commissioner said his ministry promotes gender mainstreaming and women empowerment. Prof. Junaidu disclosed they targeted over 2,000 widows across the 23 local government areas of Sokoto for an animal breeding initiative in the state.

Under the initiative, the government would purchase many famous Sokoto red goats and distribute them to the beneficiaries. The scheme also aims to regenerate the red goat species.

He noted a growing number of females studying veterinary medicine and underscored the positive impact of Sokoto State’s remuneration package on medical and veterinary students.

While reiterating the government’s commitment to fish and livestock development programmes, he noted various efforts to boost the sector.

As part of the cattle breeding programme, it recently launched a modern animal artificial insemination centre with a 5,000-litre daily capacity milk production factory and an Embryo Transfer Technology component.

Among facilities include laboratories, ambulatory vehicles-, x-ray and ultrasound machines. The commissioner noted the pasture development component with more than 1000 hectares of land, producing grains for the breeding project.

On fisheries, he disclosed: “We have restocked all our rivers and lakes with over two million fingerlings, that is because most of our fishermen depend on the natural fish they find in waters, and this is being depleted because of the continuous fishing they are doing.”

“So, we restocked all the rivers and lakes in the state. That has brought a lot of yields.”

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