From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
The Economic Committee of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food incollaboration with the Association for the Promotion of livestock Breading in the saheel and Savannah Regional Africa have distributed 150 animals to vulnerable households in Kebbi State towards making them self sufficient.
Our correspondents who also reports that the distribution of 150 animals which was done at Tullun Dabaga Bachaka District in Kebbi State comprised of two females and a male to 50 vulnerable households in addition to 500kg of forage seeds.
Delivering a keynote address at Arewa Local Government Secretariat of Kebbi State on Saturday, the President, ECOWAS Commission, Jean CluadeKassiBrou said the gesture was meant to improve the livelihood of benefiaries.
CluadeKassiBrou, who was represented by the Focal Point Officer incharge of Kebbi State, Dr Mohammed Fouad, said: “The aim of the presentation of the sheep kits is to improve the livelihood of the beneficiaries at community level.
“The programme is to ensure that the livestock sector holds the potential to food security and nutrition, wealth creation, improved livelihood and poverty reduction.
“ECOWAS in its context is to reduce poverty and ensure food security, it has conducted a number of intervention for the benefit of Nigerian population in the framework of projects implementation.
“The Nigeria population has benefited from numerous interventions including the Programme of Support for Food and Nutritional Security in West Africa (PASANAO).
“Others are Social Food Safety Net Project in West Africa, the Livestock and Meat Commercialisation Projects in West Africa, All the Regional Programme Support to Professional Organisation and through the Regional Food Security Reserve.”
He said within the framework of the Programme of Support for Food and Nutritional Security in West Africa, Nigeria had benefited financially through the “incentivising adoption of climate smart practice in cereals production in Nigeria six states social and economic diagnostics.
“This project is meant to assess the socio-economic impact of the use of climate smart practice in maize and rice production and to identify appropriate mechanisms by which the large scale adoption of CSPs can be incentivised to halt/reverse land degradation,
“It also helps to restore ecosystem health, improve livelihood outcomes and build resilience to climate change with rice and maize producers in Nigeria as the main beneficiaries” he added.
In her remarks, the Wife of Kebbi State Governor, Hajiya Aisha Atiku-Bagudu appreciated ECOWAS as well as the collaborating NGOs for partnering with Government to assist the less-privileged.