KSADP targets women’s empowerment through milk collection centers *247ureports.com
The planned construction of 200 milk collection centers in Kano State by the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, aims to strengthen the dairy sector and improve the lives and livelihoods of pastors, especially women.
The coordinator of the state project, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, said this while opening a multi-stakeholder meeting on milk collection centers in Kano city, noting that the project is funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihood Fund, LLF. .
“This is an important step in the development of the milk value chain that will empower our farmers, especially women, by ensuring milk quality, hygiene and profitability.”
“With this development, which will also create links with large consumers, women, the key players in the collection and marketing of milk, will no longer risk their lives by traveling several kilometers to large cities, to sell their milk to low price, as quality is compromised due to shortcomings in collection, storage and transportation”.
He said that with improved milk collection, storage and marketing initiatives, pastoralists and the government would generate better revenues and help reduce federal government spending on imported milk and dairy products.
Malam Ibrahim explained that out of the 200 milk collection centers to be constructed by KSADP, 40 will be constructed and equipped in 15 local government areas of the state this year.
The project coordinator added that the MCCs will be located in areas that are accessible and safe for farmers, while local dairy cooperative societies will be trained in the sustainable management of the centres.
Giving technical details, the consulting firm hired for the project, Teamwork Global Associates, represented by the duo of Professor Peter Barje and Engr. Danladi Ebbah, pointed out that each MCC will be built on a complete plot consisting of the latest QA kits, cooling facilities, water tank, solar power facility, store supply, a veterinary medicine store and an office, among others.
They also mentioned that training would be provided to dairy cooperative societies in each region on milk handling and financial management for sustainability.
Hajiya Aisha Muhammad Abubakar, National Women’s Leader, MACBAN, called for women to play a key role in the management of MCCs because of the roles they play in the dairy value chain from milking to marketing.
Other stakeholders who made presentations or raised issues during the meeting, including traditional leaders, pastoralist associations, milk traders and government officials, highlighted issues of land acquisition. land, sustainability and MCC management, among others.