The Federal Ministry of Environment says it will soon begin the livestock ‘feather bank’ project in 11 frontline states.

Mr Bukar Hassan, the Director, Drought and Desertification in the ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the feather bank would provide meal containing amino acid and high protein for livestock use.

NAN reports that feather bank project is one of the components of the Great Green Wall (GGW) programme to provide storage of feather meal for livestock in the country.

Hassan told NAN that a considerable amount of research was carried out at several American universities, which demonstrated that feather meal was a protein supplement for livestock diets.

According to him, chicken feather meal is processed at high temperatures with steam, used as animal feed, also as fertiliser and has high percentage of protein and nitrogen.

The director said that the aim of the project was to reduce the movement of livestock from one place to the other and also to eradicate conflict between farmers and herdsmen.

“We will employ people at the grassroots in the 11 frontline states to gather the feather and keep them in the warehouse and make them available in the times of need.

“The programme should have started this year, but we will start it in the selected states in 2014

“We were preparing to start the project before the rains, but we have to provide a number of infrastructure, good roads and need to identify the lands to carry out the project.’’

Hassan, however, said that the feather bank had been happening in other parts of the world, adding that the local communities, who owned the livestock, had been sensitised on the project.

He said that Federal Government was planning to build the capacity of the selected communities in the project.   Hassan stressed that at the end of the programme, the communities should be able to manage effectively what they have learnt in the course of the programme for their own benefit.“We are going to all the eleven dry land areas because it is a serious issue. The idea is to increase the productivity of the livestock and the income of the rural communities,” he said.

NAN reports that the frontline states include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Katsina and Zamfara

(NAN)

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