The Jigawa State government has said it is targeting 18,000 women in the state for its goat multiplication farming programme.

The state government said it hopes this scheme would be a good source of foreign exchange earnings for its economy and as well take out of poverty in the state.

The goat multiplication farming initiative was introduced by Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar to wipe out poverty among women in the state.

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He said such is practised in many African, Asian and South American countries.

According to the state government, it is targeting about 18,000 women in the 287 wards from the 27 local government areas of Jigawa.

The scheme, it said, was captured in the 2016 budget to rid the state of extreme poverty using agriculture.

Governor Abubakar explained in an interview that livestock development is an area his administration targeted to diversify Jigawa’s economy, improve women participation in economic activities and rid the state of extreme poverty especially amongst women.

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He admitted that, “Our state has one of the highest levels of poverty especially amongst women and this is something we must stop,” saying that “The easiest and most effective way [to eradicate poverty] is through the goat multiplication programme which we borrowed from Botswana and South Africa, where millions of women were removed out of poverty.”

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Mr Abubakar disclosed that millions of Naira was invested to buy thousands of goats so that, through a revolving scheme, every woman in the state that requires economic independence will be assisted to fulfil her dreams.

“We chose goats because of their high profit in terms of reselling value and capacity and reproductive frequency as well,” he said.