The deputy governor of Kano State has said that the living condition of about 1, 260,000 people across in the state would be improved through the implementation of the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project
The deputy governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna disclosed this during the inauguration of a 20 man Steering Committee of the $95 million project recently.
A statement signed by the project communication specialist, Ameen K. Yassar quoted the deputy governor as disclosing that the project would focus on the enhancement of agricultural production, productivity and competitiveness of both crop and livestock.
Represented by the permanent secretary, Kano State ministry of agriculture, Mallam Adamu Abdu Faragai, he further said that the implementation of the project would address the incessant conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
Gawuna observed that the steering committee, comprising stakeholders, will serve as an advisory body of the project while adding that, “It will review project annual work plans and budget, implementation progress reports and provide guidance on different issues that could affect the project”.
“The committee will meet twice a year in the first three years of the project and once a year in the subsequent two years. However, extraordinary meetings of the committee can be held whenever the need arises”, he added.
He expressed optimism that they would work closely with the Project Executing Agency, the Project Management Unit and other stakeholders to guarantee the project’s sustainability.
Members of the committee include the deputy governor, in his capacity as commissioner for agriculture, the chairman, state house of assembly committee on agriculture, the director-general, rural access and mobility project, as well as representatives from the ministries of agriculture, water resources, justice, finance, environment, budget and economic planning, KNARDA, and the project management unit.
Others are one representative each from Crop Farmers Associations, Milk Processors Association, L&Z Farms Nig. Ltd, Cattle Herders Association, Butchers Association and the Kano State Grazing Reserves Management Committee.
Responding on behalf of the members, the state project coordinator, KSADP, Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, pledged that they would work as a team to attain the set goals of the project.