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Plateau Community Celebrates Borehole Gift

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August 02, (THEWILL) – Chiri Community, in Ganawuri District of Riyom local government area of Plateau State, has expressed delight and relief as Integrated Dairies Limited (IDL), in collaboration with Sahel Consulting, has constructed a borehole for it.

Speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony, IDL Divisional Head of Agric Businesses, Paul Sini, said the community is productive in dairy products from cattle, and the borehole will improve their domestic water-use and cattle feeding for more yield.

He said the borehole in the community will equally uplift their lives by boosting their livelihoods because water itself is life.

He said the people of the community have been engaged in local and fresh milk extraction from their cattle, which they sell to the company that patronises them regularly, adding that they need to be encouraged because they are very enterprising.

“This community that is a beneficiary of this borehole construction has been very viable in fresh milk production/extraction from their cattle. And as a company, we have been patronising them. Since then, they do not need to take their milk out of their community or trek and transport it to distant places for marketing purposes as others do”, he noted.

According to him, the community’s “milk-production viability and our patronage have kept them in good business and made the men too to get more involved in milk extraction business from cattle. This is unlike how it was hitherto, as it was left mostly for the women, while the men concentrated on grazing the cattle.”

He, however, noted that “their major challenge has been a good source of drinking water for themselves and the cattle. And in order to solve the problem for them and boost their milk yield for better and more sustainable patronage, IDL and Sahel Consulting have constructed this borehole for them”.

Sini said they will endeavour to do more of such for other enterprising dairy-producing communities so that they can encourage them to do more and be more productive.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Yahaya Ahmadu, said since the construction of the project, the community’s joy knew no bounds and that as it is completed, their joy has doubled because of the importance of the borehole to the community.

He called on other organisations, nongovernmental organisations, and the government alike, to take the issues of rural empowerment seriously by carrying the communities along in the business value chain because it will greatly enhance their growth.