Anambra has been selected among the first nine States that will benefit from the federal government’s Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project.
This was made known when a team from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja, paid an evaluation visit to Anambra state during which they visited some livestock farms to ascertain how prepared farmers in the state are to benefit from the project.
Government House Correspondent, Emmanuel Okonkwo reports that the federal government’s Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project is a six year project being sponsored with a two hundred million US dollar grant from the World Bank in view of standardizing livestock production in Nigeria.
Welcoming the team at the Government House Awka, Governor Willie Obiano represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke appreciated them for selecting Anambra as one of the benefiting States in the first phase of the project.
Governor Obiano asked the team to pay more attention to quality feed availability for livestock farmers, as he observed that feed is one of the major challenges facing livestock farming in this part of the world.
The Commissioner for Agriculture Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba disclosed that the state is to champion Cattle production, poultry, Piggery, Honeybee under the project.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Mrs Eucheria Ezeudegbunam explained that the project aims at improving livestock productivity, resilience and commercialization of selected value chains and to strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to an eligible crisis or emergency, ensure availability of quality animal protein that will meet international standard, among others.
Mrs. Ezeudegbunam however rated Anambra high in preparedness for the project, saying that little effort is needed to make practice in livestock production in the state meet global best practice.