The Kano Agro project trains 220 community animal health workers
The Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) trained 220 community animal health workers to improve access to quality veterinary services across the state.
This is contained in a statement by the project’s communications specialist, Ameen Yassar, on Saturday in Kano.
He said the workers were trained by KSADP with funding from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Lives and Livelihood Funds (LLF).
He said the exercise was conducted in conjunction with Smartex Global Resources Ltd.
The statement quoted KSADP Livestock Specialist Dr. Garba Saleh as saying that the training exercise was designed to expose community animal health workers to veterinary techniques in line with international best practices.
“The expected outcomes of the training include improved animal health and maximization of animal products, increased income generation from livestock, better access to markets and ultimately securing the livelihoods of herders. and people in rural areas,” Saleh said in the statement.
The statement also quoted KSADP state project coordinator Malam Ibrahim Garba as saying that the move was to make veterinary services available at the grassroots level, adding that effective delivery of extension services required sector involvement. private.
The coordinator said the workers should link herders to animal insemination services, connect pastoralists to veterinary clinics, even though they would be mentored and guided by professionals, employed by the state agriculture ministry.
The statement further quoted the Permanent Secretary of the Kano State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Balarabe Karaye, as saying that the workers would be supervised by veterinarians to participate in the periodic livestock vaccination campaigns.
“For quality assurance of their services, KSADP would register them with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria to enable them to obtain a professional practice license.”
The statement said the workers received a starter park including protective clothing, tools and coolers, an assortment of medicines and branded handbags, adding that they had to offer services for a fee, allowing them thus to obtain an income and to restock. .
NAN reports that the KSADP is being implemented with the support of IDB, LLF and the Kano State Government.
It aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty, the strengthening of food and nutritional security of the State by transforming the agro-pastoral production system.