The Borno state government has partnered with the Kano state government to borrow a sheet from the Kano State Agropastoral Development Project, KSADP, to replicate the rural grazing area, RUGA settlement project in the state.
However, the state coordinator of the project, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, who received the delegation from the Borno state government, led by the state commissioner for Animal Resources and Fisheries Development, Comrade Juliana Bitrus, expressed his willingness to collaborate with the Borno state government to update the project.
Muhammad in a statement from the project’s communication specialist Ameen K. Yassar said: “We are determined to transform agriculture in Kano from a largely socio-cultural practice to a socio-economic endeavor and we will support the Borno state government to also achieve in that to consider.
“The interventions at Dansoshiya are just one of several parts of our multi-component project. We will also run a cattle fattening program and support beneficiaries, as well as provide links with buyers.
“We are also working with the private sector to stop the transport of live animals, of meat, to take them anywhere in the world, since transporting live animals is not safe, it is not profitable and it is not animal friendly.
“The project would invest in the provision of rural infrastructure, crop development, improvement of the infrastructure of the Dawanau market and five other markets, construction of milk collection centers, and training of farmers and extension agents, among others.
“I wish to convey to you the goodwill of the Kano State Lieutenant Governor and the Commissioner of Agriculture and I hope that we will work together for the good of our states,” said Muhammad.
Earlier, Borno State Commissioner for Animal Resources and Fisheries Development, Comrade Juliana Bitrus, said the delegation was mandated by Governor Babagana Zulum to examine the Kano Ruga Project and how it can be replicated in Borno State.
“We visited the Dansoshiya grazing reserve and saw the Fulani. I have seen how happy they are and I want to say that Governor Ganduje of Kano State is doing very well in Ruga. “
“Kano is now a model for the RUGA project and it seems that they have worked a lot and involved many experts,” he said, adding that Borno state can gain a lot from the Kano Agropastoral Development Project.
The Borno State delegation included the Governor’s Special Adviser on Animal Resources, Hon. Tijjani Goni Muhammad, Borno Mega Farm President, Alh. Musa Inuwa Kubo and the Director of Livestock Services of the State Ministry of Animal Resources, Malam Bukar Kolo.