Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Thursday unveiled the $95m Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development project partly financed by the Islamic Development Bank and Life and Livelihoods Funds.
The project is aimed at poverty reduction as well as the strengthening of food security in the state by developing agro-pastoral production system.
Ganduje added that it was also aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity and competitiveness through access to input and credit, value addition and market access, extension services delivery and capacity building.
“The KSADP will provide the much-needed solution to farmers-herders’ frequent conflicts, unfettered movement of nomads, as well as enhance the development of pastoral communities.”
On what the state was doing to address the farmers-herders’ crisis, the governor said it had established the RUGA settlements.
Ganduje assured the people that his government would ensure timely release of its counterpart fund of $5m to facilitate smooth implementation of the project.
In his remarks, the Manager, Islamic Development Bank, Regional Hub of Abuja, Mr Mayoro Niang, said the project was in line with the bank’s five-year plan and the Federal Government’s Economic Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Also, Mr Jena Jacques from the Lives and Livelihood Funds, said his organisation was glad to work with the Kano State Government to make positive impact on the lives of the poor.