The World Bank and the federal government will be unveiling a $200 million livestock production development project in 2019 to interested states in the country. An official from the federal ministry of agriculture , Victor Egban, stated this while on courtesy visit to Kebbi State governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu in Birnin Kebbi yesterday. He said the project ,’Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES), is a six-year project scheduled to begin in 2019 with the main aim of assisting interested states towards actualising their objective of developing the livestock sector.
He further explained that any interested state would have to give its counterpart funds amounting to N20 million and formally notify the minister of agriculture of its intention to key into the project. ‘’We are now at preparatory stage, visiting all the 21 states to let them know about the project and find out if they are interested about it”, he said. Mr. Egban who is the team leader of the project, expressed optimism that Kebbi State would key into the project given its feat in the agricultural sector in Nigeria. In his response, the secretary to the Kebbi State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar, who represented Governor Bagudu lauded the initiative, saying the state government would be very keen to collaborate on anything that would develop the agricultural sector. He added that because of the importance the state accorded to the livestock sector, a ministry was established for animal husbandry in the state.