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SRPEP to provide infrastructural development for livestock farmers

Jan 28, 2020, 1:07 PM

Nerry Corr, livestock value chain specialist of the Small Ruminant Production Enhancement Project (SRPEP) have revealed that the livestock empowerment project targets to provide massive infrastructural development for smallholder farmers in the country.

He said the new development will include the construction of meat market storage in various locations in the country, poultry housing pharmacy, pasteurize training centre for farmers and medicines for livestock farmers to enhance production and productivity of smallholder farmers among others. 

During an interview with The Point at the regional launching of a 26.81 million Dollars small ruminants production and enhancement project, Mr Corr said the project focuses mainly on small ruminants in trying to enhance livestock farmers production and productivity.

The project is jointly funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the government of the Gambia.

According to Mr. Corr, the project will hire a project design engineer who will design housing ,poultry and pasteurizes training among others that are needed to enhance production and be able to continue with value chain addition.

He said the project will build many pharmacies, laboratories, and provide training centers for livestock farmers at Yerro Beli Kunda (YBK) in the Central River Region South. It targets to reach out to 30,000 households countywide.

Mr. Corr said the project implementing partners are the department of livestock services, Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA), farmers and regional livestock directorates across the country.

He said component A of the project include construction of 15 veterinary drug outlets, construction of 20 solar power boreholes with elevated tanks and drinking troughs, construction of farmer demonstration training  centre at YBK, construction of 30 sheep fattening schemes including housing for individual and groups, and 30 small ruminants breeding  schemes.