30,000 livestock farmers in Kogi State reaped the rewards of a substantial $500 million World Bank intervention fund aimed at empowering livestock farmers throughout Nigeria.
The Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES) is making strides in Kogi State, with the project already benefiting 21,000 direct beneficiaries and an additional 9,000 female beneficiaries.
During a two-day orientation workshop organised for members of the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Project Implementation Unit (L-PERS PIU) in Lokoja, the project coordinator for Kogi State, Olufemi Bolarin, shared key insights. He emphasised the project’s overarching goal, stating, “The project aimed to improve livestock production through the commercialization of the business to enhance profits for livestock farmers in the country.”
The workshop, centred on essential concepts, processes, and philosophies, is set to drive the effective implementation of the L-PRES project in Kogi State.
Bolarin elucidated the World Bank’s commitment to supporting livestock production in Nigeria, disclosing a substantial investment of $500 million across the country’s project life cycle. He highlighted that states have fulfilled their financial obligations, having paid their resettlement funds, thereby enabling the seamless commencement of the project.