ECOWAS trains Gombe farmers on livestock value chain

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has launched a livestock value chain capacity building workshop for farmers from 11 local government areas in Gombe State.

The four-day training was organized by the ECOWAS West Africa Livestock Marketing Support Program (ECOWAS-PACBAO 11) and funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation through ECOWAS and the Government of Gombe State.

The leader of the ECOWAS-PACBAO 11 team, Dr Adetunji Jolaosho, said the project was launched to spread modern farming methods from production to marketing.

He also said the aim is to build the capacity of farmers to fully exploit the livestock value chain, provide employment for their women and youths and improve their incomes.

He said this would be done by educating them on how to improve their feedlot, crossbreeding and meat value chains.

“It is about modernizing and improving the functioning of the livestock industry, in order to minimize losses for farmers. The meat at the market is between 200kg and 250kg. It is very low because in other places cattle at the market weigh up to 600 kg,” Jolaosho explained.

During the opening, State Commissioner for Agriculture and Livestock, Muhammad Magaji Gettado, said knowledge of the value chain of the livestock industry would help unlock its huge potential. .

He said opening up the sector would help create jobs and improve farmers’ incomes.

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