Nigeria: Association secures grant to improve livestock business

The Association for Promotion of Livestock Production in Sahel and Savannah (APESS) has secured one million Euros support from European Union to improve livestock business in Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi states, northern Nigeria.

Dr Ardo Aliyu, its National Coordinator, told newsmen in Sokoto on Monday that the grant would be used to embark on a project tagged “APESS-PAMOBARMA PROJECT”.

He said that the fund would be used to improve livestock business environment, transportation routes, modern business techniques and awareness among business owners with other associated activities.

Aliyu also revealed that livestock sections in boarder communities markets in Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto states would be rehabilitated.

‘’Security parameters, tax collection formations, marketers’ unions, livestock loading processes in the markets as well as other chains would be enhanced.

“The project is aimed at facilitating more profitable ventures, coordinate business owners’ activities and improve value chains in livestock business.

“It will also assist in no small measure in addressing farmers/herdsmen feud as well as enhancing unity and understanding between the two parties,’’ he said.

Aliyu added that programme facilitators were engaged and contacts had been ongoing with livestock business owners, traditional rulers and community groups in the beneficiary states.

He also explained that the effort was also to educate them on modern business skills, needs and importance of partnership for profitable businesses.

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