By Hassan Umar Shallpella
To safeguard donkeys from extinction and encourage reproduction, the Department of Animal Husbandry Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Yola office, Tuesday distributed 25 breeding Jennies and Feeds to smallholder donkey farmers in Adamawa state.
The Deputy Director, of Animal and Husbandry Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Eleojo Joseph Ako while urging the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity provided to them to enhance their economic fortune, reiterated the determination of the Ministry to raise and breed animals.
Ako who cautioned the beneficiaries against selling them enumerated some economic and other benefits of the female donkeys distributed.
In his message, Adamawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Human Resources, Malam Iya Daware, represented by the Director in the Ministry Mrs. Edda D.D Azura applauded the Federal Government for the initiative and said the government will key into such programs.
In his address, the National President, of the Donkeys Value Chain, DVC, Alhaji Abubakar Baba Kagu described donkeys as one of the livestock that has value and the ability to survive under harsh conditions.
Kagu added that the animal also supports the livelihood of the rural population in many domestic activities.
The beneficiaries cut across the 21local government areas in the state.