Victims Support Fund (VSF) will on Thursday launch its pilot distribution of livestock in Yobe in continuation of its 2017 agro support project implementation in the North East, targeting 20 households.

Its Executive Director, Dr Sunday Ochoche, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja in a statement by Mrs Rotkatmwa Gofwen, the fund’s Head of Media and Communication.

Ochoche said the pilot livestock distribution project was targeting affected households in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe.

He added that the project was designed to guarantee medium to long term food security and livelihood in the North East.

He pointed out that VSF was also collaborating with Yobe State FADAMA III project to provide routine veterinary services to benefitting households for a period of one year.

The veterinary service, he said, would not only guarantee the health of the livestock but also ensure productivity.

The executive director added that it was anticipated that within one year of implementation, each household would record an increase of 12 goats as the breed was believed to produced
two kids every six months.

He stated that “the livestock were examined and duly inoculated to ensure compliance with specifications and also to prevent breakout of any diseases.

“The specific breed of livestock chosen for this project is the Borno Brown Goat.

“Each household will receive three female goats and one male Borno Brown Goat and
and a cash sum of N20,000 each to enable them to provide initial feeding for the livestock and support their families in the interim.

“In all, a total of 800 animals and N4 million would be distributed to beneficiaries.

“This intervention targets 200 households identified and selected from Hausari, Ashekari, Kolori and Geidam communities.”

Ochoche said the gesture would be replicated in other conflict affected communities in Borno and Adamawa.

NAN

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