Kano to expend N300m on cattle market upgrade project

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By:Kazeem Biriowo

Kano State government under the Agro Pastoral Development Project, on Wednesday says it plans to expend N300 million, on upgrade of five cattle markets infrastructure in the state.

The benefitting cattle markets are Dambatta, Gwarzo, Falgore, Dunbulum and Wudil all located in five different local governments.

Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad,the State Project Coordinator, made the disclosure during the proposal opening for design and supervision consultancy for the markets in Kano state.

According to him, this became imperative as the markets are generally in a bad state owing to poor infrastructure.

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He said this is despite the huge volume of trade and number of people who transact in them.

“They all lack basic facilities for humane treatment of livestock on arrival, that is, off-loading, while in the market and during reloading.

“The project will invest in infrastructure to provide loading and off-loading ramps, watering facilities, office space for market information, security and veterinary services, lighting for trade and security at night as well as toilet facilities” he stated.

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He noted that the upgrade will reduce the loss of condition in marketed animals, including reduction of mortality during transportation.

“The interventions will redefine the way cattle trading is conducted in the markets and will have far-reaching environmental and social impact” the coordinator stated.

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