FG to support North East livestock sub-sector with free vaccines – Minister – The Sun Nigeria

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Dr Mohammad Abubakar said the ministry will support the North East livestock sub-sector with around 2 million free vaccines.

Abubakar made this known in a statement by Mr. Mohammed Gana, Information Officer at the Ministry, on Friday in Abuja.

He said this during the 2022 National Free Mass Vaccination Campaign against Transboundary Animal Diseases in Dadinkowa, Yamaltu Deba Local Government Area in Gombe State.

The Minister was represented at the event by Dr. Maimuna Habib, Director of the Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control and Chief Veterinarian of Nigeria.

He said the ministry will support Gombe State and other states in the North East geopolitical region with an estimated 2 million cases of Free Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Plague of small ruminant (PPR) and Newcastle disease (ND) vaccines, among others.

Abubakar said livestock production was a major livelihood in Nigeria, which employed around 70% of the Nigerian population, contributed to food nutrition and security as well as livelihoods for the majority of people in rural areas. from the country.

“The ministry has policies and a national program to control these diseases, while it is routine vaccination policy for all diseases, it is our policy as a country not to vaccinate against highly avian flu. pathogen, also known as bird flu.

“Over the years, the control policy for CBPP, FMD, PPR and ND in Nigeria has been routine annual vaccination

“However, vaccination coverage has been limited by insufficient resources. But in the future, we intend to increase vaccination coverage as more resources become available.

“The livestock population of Nigeria is estimated at around 22.3 million cattle; 53 million sheep; 99.8 million goats; 9.2 million pigs and over 425.7 million poultry, spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country, held by the majority of Nigerians, especially in rural and semi-rural settings,” he said .

He said the full potential of these animals and the socio-economic benefits they provide can only be guaranteed if they are healthy.

Abubakar said this could only be achieved through vaccination against diseases such as CBPP and foot and mouth disease in cattle; PPR in sheep and goats and NCD in chickens.

He urged development partners and non-governmental organizations to get involved in this initiative by supporting states with more vaccines and the necessary logistics to carry out mass vaccination in the country.

He said collaboration with the neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and the Republic of Niger was also necessary.

He called for the exercise to be seen as a call to national service and given the best attention it deserves and ultimately everyone involved will be part of history.

“Nigeria should join other nations of the world in controlling and eradicating these dreaded diseases from cattle, poultry, sheep and goats in our national herd,” he said.

Gombe State Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Yahaya said it was the third time the exercise had been conducted under his administration and commended the ministry for its tireless efforts and commitment to ensuring control of these diseases. animal.

The State Agriculture and Livestock Commissioner, Mr. Muhammad Magaji, said it was the first time that zonal vaccination of animals was carried out.

Magaji expressed his delight and delight that Gombe had been chosen as the starting point in the Northeast.

Mallam Madibbo Yahaya, President of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Gombe State Chapter, thanked the federal government for the program which aimed to increase food production, generate more income for farmers and to support the diversification of the agricultural sector. (NOPE )

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