KANO State government, through the Agro Pastoral Development Project (KSADP), has voted N2.5 billion to develop and turn the Danshoshiya Forest in Kiru Local Government Area of the state into a grazing reserve.
The State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba, made this known during the bids opening for establishment of a 20-hectare seed multiplication plot held at the project office in Kano city.
The investments in the grazing reserve, Garba said, include the construction of 20 km of access roads, five solar-powered boreholes with 20,000-litre overhead tanks, development of 4,000 hectares of pasture land, a veterinary clinic, livestock marketing facilities, and a nomadic school, among others.
A statement by the KSADP Communication Specialist, Ameen Yassar, said the investment in grazing reserve is to solve recurring clashes between herders and farmers.
The statement explained that fodder seeds, which will be cultivated at Dudduru, Ajinigi Local Government Area, will be planted at Dansoshiya Forest to provide feed for cattle and small ruminants.
“At full implementation, this activity is expected to yield not less than 100,000 tonnes of fodder, supporting thousands of livestock units and hundreds of pastoral families all year round.
Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), Ibrahim Sulaiman Dan’Isle, who chaired the Evaluation Committee, stated that the bidding process was guided by the “principles of transparency, fairness, competition, integrity and value for money.”
A bidder, Dr. YM Ishiaku, who represented the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, described the bidding process as satisfactory.