The Kano state Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) says it has awarded a N60, 621, 500 contract for the supply of starter kits for 220 Community Animal Health Workers, also known as Paravets.
In a statement, the project Communication Specialist, Ameen K. Yassar, said the kits will contain a variety of vet tools, assorted animal drugs, cold boxes, lab coats, rain coats and boots.
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He said the procurement was ahead of the engagement and training of the Paravets by the project, to enable them deliver basic animal health services in their localities.
Shortly after signing the contract, which was awarded to SUMAK General Merchants, the State Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, stated that five Paravets will be selected from each of the 44 local government areas of the state for special training, to enable them offer animal health services.
He said, “The prospective candidates must be unemployed OND, HND or university graduates with certificates in animal science, animal health or animal production who will be trained and provided with the starter packs containing basic equipment and drugs, to enable them deliver basic community animal health services.
“In return for such services, they will charge fees to restock and make a living.
“They will be under the supervision of veterinarians from the State Ministry of Agriculture and they will also be engaged to assist in state-wide animal vaccination campaigns.
“By and large, they will keep an eye on animal health to restrain outbreaks of diseases.
“This initiative has far-reaching implications for human health besides creating jobs for our youth, who in the long term will train others to be self-employed as well.”