Daily Trust Sunday
Livestock transfer: 700 Kebbi households to nurture she-goats, chickens
Not less than 700 households in Birnin Kebbi local government area of Kebbi State are to nurture she-goats and chickens under the livestock transfer initiative aim to boost livestock farming and the needed animal protein in the rural communities.
Each household in 10 communities of Gwadangwaji, Yaurawa, Damana, Gawasu, Kola,Tarasa 1, Tarasa 2, Wuro Maliki, Hamari-Bogo and Gandewo was given one she -goat, four chickens and one cock.
About 1800 beneficiaries are selected from three local government communities of Birnin Kebbi, Jega and DankoWasagu. Their responsibility is to nurture the animal to maturity and to reproduce. The animals cannot be killed for consumption until they have reproduced and the beneficiaries must transfer one off-spring of the she-goat to their neighbours so that before long there would be appreciable increase in the stock of animals in the communities.
Speaking to our correspondent, Oxfam state coordinate, Olumide Ojo, said “It is to encourage livelihood diversification. Many of the people in the rural communities are small scale farmers and crop farming alone might not be sufficient to give them access to food in the year round as crop farming may fail them.
He added that the risk of weather is real, rain might not come when expected, diseases and pests might affect yield. “What they are doing now is that apart from farming crops they are now farming animals. In less than three months, if the animals are taking good care of, they would reproduce and in a year they would have about 15 livestocks”.
The Oxfam coordinator said the initiative was to serve as another means of livelihood for people in the rural communities. It is a source of income for them. We are trying to build their resilience through a programme called Food security and resilient livelihood programme in Northern Nigeria. It is founded by the European Union so that in terms of need they have where to fall back to.
He said research has shown that people living in the rural communities are experiencing difficulties in terms of access to good food and it has affected their nutrition status making majority of them to be malnourished. “The live stock transfer programme is to increase the needed animal protein in the rural communities”, he said.