The Kano State Government under its Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) has approved 1, 000 hectares of land to be leased for commercial, large-scale animal feed production.
State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, made this disclosure after a meeting with a team of government officials in Kano.
The officials were led by the Permanent Secretary of Kano State Ministry of Agriculture, Adamu Abdu Faragai.
In a statement signed by KSADP’s Project Communication Specialist, Ameen K. Yassar, and released on Thursday, KSADP disclosed that the approved expanse of land cut across selected government grazing reserves in 16 local government areas of the state.
The statement reads in part, “The government’s gracious approval for this land will enable the commencement of our investment in commercial large-scale fodder production in partnership with the private sector.
“Our project will now identify 20 private sector investors interested in fodder production on plots of no less than 50 hectares each and assist them in the development of pastures, provision of harvesting and baling equipment and marketing facilities.”
The lease, the statement also reads, will among other benefits, help to ensure sufficient feed production for animals, increase in milk yields and facilitation of artificial insemination services.
Muhammad also disclosed that the state government through its Ministry of Agriculture has approved some 20 hectares of land for fodder seed multiplication.
The land is said to be located at the Dudduru Grazing Reserve in Ajingi local government area of Kano.