The Centre for Social Change and Economic Development (CSCED) has organized a training for 20 agricultural and livestock extension officers selected across the five local government areas of Girei, Fufore, Demsa, Numan, and Lamurde along the river Benue bank of Adamawa State.
The organisers see this as a gesture to improve and strengthen the economic interdependence between farmers and herders.
The project titled, ‘Training of Trainers (TOT) on Alternative Livestock Fodder/feed-stock and its Value Chain Opportunities in Adamawa State’, was funded by the European Union Development Fund, British Council, and Agent for citizen-driven Transformation (ACT).
Mr Idris Isa Gabdo of the CSCED, said the project aims to enhance the skills of the 20 agricultural extension & livestock officers to adopt alternative livestock feed formulation; promote the production of locally formulated alternative livestock feeds; and facilitate the formation of 10 Cooperative Groups for sustainability purposes.
The EU-ACT Project, which has a duration of seven months, witnessed at the expiration, the skills of front-line extension officers and local government coordinators greatly enhanced in the alternative livestock feed formulation and its value chain opportunities.
The intervention project, signed in January 2022 to conduct a step-down training to 600 farmers and herders on alternative livestock feed/fodder and its value chain opportunities which invariably enhanced stakeholder’s understanding of the concept of alternative Livestock Fodder/feed-stock and its value chain opportunities and adopted it for greater productivity.
Gabdo, said “Our NGO had gone beyond its deliverables, as more than 700 beneficiaries were trained, empowered and currently enjoying the post project intervention.
“Farmers and herders inherently have friction in the course of their daily endeavors, but our project stepped in to mitigate the conflict and achieve more beneficial and mutual interdependence in their future engagements.
“We as an organization with funding from our donors, have provided the beneficiaries with practical consumables to aid them in this endeavor,” he added.
Beneficiaries said have now learned cost effective, innovative and modern processes on Alternative Livestock Fodder/Feed-stock and its Value Chain Opportunities.
By Hussaini Hammangabdo