The Katsina State Government has distributed 720 high breed of goats worth N104 million to women under its Women Empowerment Scheme. Alhaji Abdulkadir Nasir, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Empowerment, disclosed this in Katsina at the launching of the programme.
He said that each of 240 women selected across the 34 local governments would be given two female goats and one male goat.
Nasir said the animals, which were purchased in Niger Republic, were highly reproductive and good for breeding.
“Research has showed that the goats reproduce twice a year and give up to two liters of milk daily. The goats are also insured for one year and veterinary officers will be going round in all the local governments to provide medication to the animals if the need arises,” he said.
He however disclosed that the animals were being given to the beneficiaries under a loan scheme and the cost was expected to be repaid after a year. He urged them not to sell the animals and ensure their proper care.