A solar-powered factory meant for processing of Kilishi (a local meat delicacy) built at Mararrabar Kankara community in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State had started touching lives positively in the surrounding communities, Daily Trust reports.
The factory – yet to be officially commissioned – is built on a 2-hectare piece of land donated by the Katsina State government as confirmed by the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) coordinator in Katsina, Engr Ashiru Muhammad.
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“Katsina State has supported the project with 2 hectares of land and it is only a portion of the land that is used, which means there is room for expansion. The state also paid compensation to the landowners who had already planted crops on the piece of land.
“The project was executed with the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) which is a World Bank Grant to support climate change in Nigeria, out of which Katsina benefitted.
“The factory project was handled by NEWMAP through the Federal Project Management Unit and supervised by Katsina office of NEWMAP,” Muhammad explained.
The Project Secretary, Malam Surajo Salisu, who is also NEWMAP Geographic Information System (GIS) officer, explained that the factory which has parameter fencing, consist of two solar-powered drier-domes (for drying the meat), fuel-efficient kilns (for smoldering of kilishi), solar-powered borehole which serve both the factory and surrounding communities as well as office blocks.
Daily Trust gathered that the project was completed and handed over to the community through the association of the Kilishi producers under the name “Kilishi Producers Cooperative Society Limited Mararrabar Kankara.”