Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, has awarded contract worth N38. 5 million, for renovation of Kadawa Animal Insemination Center, in Garun Mallam local government area of Kano state.
The Project Communication Specialist, Ameen K. Yassar in a statement, Tuesday, said the move is part of strategies put in place by the project to facilitate breed improvement and dairy enterprise development in the state.
According to the statement, the state Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, said the renovation contract, which was awarded to HOMAD Associates, covers renovation of 20 cattle pens, fencing of the center, provision of solar powered borehole and provision of lighting.
Other components of the work are provision of a store, security room, flooring, roofing, painting as well as provision of feed and water troughs.
“It could be recalled that about one month ago, KSADP awarded contract in the sum of N9. 2 million for purchase of five pure breed Friesian bulls, as semen donors for the Kadawa AI Center. By the time they arrive, work will have been completed and our insemination activities will commence in earnest”.
“Our intention is to inseminate at least 25, 000 cattle in five years and you can imagine the impact that will be created in the local meat and milk industry”.
Malam Ibrahim explained that his project will also equip the AI center with modern facilities to enable it serve farming and pastoralist communities as well as commercial cattle breeders.
“The renovation work, which is expected to be completed within two months, and its subsequent functioning, will serve as the springboard for improvement of livestock value chain activities in the state”, he added.