Kiyawa - The Jigawa Government on Monday said it had spent N847 million on livestock development in the past five years.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Rabiu Isa, made the disclosure at the inauguration of the 2012/2013 livestock vaccination exercise in Kiyawa Town.
Isa said that out of the amount, more than N539 million was expended on the provision of 50 wind-powered pumps at various grazing reserves in the state.
He said that N87 million was spent on the demarcation of 50 grazing reserves while N26 million was spent on the development of 2 000 pastures at Kwarin-Laye.
The commissioner added that N10.7 million and N36.6 million were spent on procurement of improved cattle breeds and construction of shades for skin and leather workers, respectively.
He said more than N59.7 million was spent on livestock vaccination in the last five years and another N20 million was committed to the veterinary drug revolving fund initiated by the government.
"The State Government also spent N68.9 million on the establishment of three veterinary clinics to enhance animal health care delivery."
Isa said that more than four million livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats and dogs would be vaccinated against zoonatic diseases in the on-going exercise.
This, he said, was part of the proactive measures adopted by the State Government to transform agriculture and enhance food security.
In a remark, Gov. Sule Lamido, said the livestock vaccination exercise was designed to control animal diseases in the state.
Represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad, the governor said the State Government had upgraded various veterinary clinics and initiated animal drug revolving fund to enhance animal health care services.
"Livestock diseases which are the limiting factor against maximum animal production will be controlled through supporting animal vaccination exercise."
Alhaji Yau Abdullahi, the Chairman of the Fulani socio-cultural organisation, ‘‘Miyatti Allah”, commended the exercise, noting that it would boost animal production.
Abdullahi, further urged farmers and herdsmen to embrace dialogue in resolving their differences.