Sunday Trust

Livestock transfer: 700 Kebbi households to nurture she-goats, chickens

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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.

 ??  ?? Each of the benefittin­g households get a she-goat From Ismail Adebayo, Birnin Kebbi
Each of the benefittin­g households get a she-goat From Ismail Adebayo, Birnin Kebbi
 ??  ?? Each of the benefittin­g households get four female chicken and a cock
Each of the benefittin­g households get four female chicken and a cock

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