By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project (KSADP), will award contracts for consultancies on designs and supervisions of projects, worth millions of Naira in the next few days, the State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad has announced.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Project Communication Specialist, Ameen K. Yassar.
It explained that Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad made this known during the Steering Committee meeting of the project, chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna late Wednesday evening.
“Contracts for consultancies will be signed by January and will be expectedly completed by April, 2021”, he stated.
“At the completion of the designs by consultants, the project will commence massive implementation of contracts for civil works”.
The contracts to be awarded, according to the State Project Coordinator, include development of Dansoshiya Grazing Reserve, expansion of Watari Irrigation scheme, infrastructure development at Dawanau Market, establishment of 200 milk collection centers and construction of Veterinary reference laboratory.
“Others are improvement of five cattle markets, upgrading of 20 slaughter houses, construction of storage warehouses for grain aggregation, provision of milk storage facilities for Kofar Wambai Fura da Nono Association and demarcation of 1, 950 km stock routes across the state”, Malam Ibrahim added.
He added that the project would embark on the construction of 70 km farm access roads, establishment of 80 fodder banks, implantation of community animal health extension programme and implementation of small and large scale commercial fodder production programmes, among other value chains interventions for farmers and pastoralists.
Malam Ibrahim maintained that the project has signed an MoU and released funds to SASAKAWA Africa 2000, for the implementation of cereal crops value chain intervention, while a similar agreement has been formalized with KNARDA, for the implementation of legumes crop value chain intervention.
“Both interventions will collectively impact at least 550,000 farmers across the 44 local government areas of Kano State and this will make a huge impact in terms of food security, poverty reduction and economic development”.