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Islamic Bank to set up 200 milk collection centers in Kano

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The Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP), funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), has announced plans to establish 200 milk collection centers to boost milk production and improve the livelihoods of pastoral women.

This is contained in a statement by KSADP communication specialist Ameen Yasar in Kano on Friday.

The statement quoted project coordinator Ibrahim Garba-Muhammad as saying the milk collection centers would be established with the support of the IDB and the Lives and Livelihood Fund (LLF).

Garba-Muhammad said so during the inauguration of the multi-stakeholder meeting on milk collection centers held in Kano.

“This is an important step in the development of the milk value chain that will enable our farmers, especially women, to ensure milk quality, hygiene and profitability.

“With this development, the project will also create links with key users and women.

“Key players in milk collection and marketing will no longer risk their lives traveling several kilometers to dispose of their milk at low prices because quality is compromised due to deficiencies in collection, storage and transport.

“With improved milk collection, storage and marketing initiatives, pastoralists and the government would generate better incomes.

“It will also reduce the expenditure on imports of milk and dairy products,” Garba-Muhammad was quoted in the statement as saying.

The project coordinator said MCCs would be designated in areas that are accessible and safe for farmers, adding that members of the Milk Cooperative Society would be trained to ensure effective management of the centres.

The statement further quotes Professors Peter Barje and Danladi Ebbah, representatives of the consultancy firms, as saying that the centers would be equipped with solar power and cooling facilities, a water tank, a food and veterinary drugs and offices, among others.

Ebbah also said trainees would be exposed to milk handling and financial management for sustainability. (NOPE)