Damaturu - Yobe Livestock Pilot Development programme manager Dr Mustapha Gaidam, said 5.2 million livestock had been vaccinated against various diseases since 2009 in the State.
Mustapha told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu on Saturday that the state was now targeting 1.7 million cattle, sheep, goats and dogs in the 2013 mass vaccination.
He explained that 800,000 herds of cattle were to be vaccinated against Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia (CBPP) and Black Quarter (BQ).
"Also, 900,000 sheep and goats will be vaccinated against pest de petit ruminantes and 2,500 dogs will be vaccinated against rabies”, he said.
The programme manager said arrangement had been concluded to sensitise livestock farmers for mass participation in the vaccination.
Gaidam noted that it was necessary to vaccinate the animals because of cross boundary grazing.
"The cross boundary nomadic livestock husbandry practice makes the livestock vulnerable to diseases”, he stressed.
He held that to avoid farmer and grazer conflicts, the programme demarcated 945 kilometers of cattle routes and beaconed same to check against encroachment.
"We have consistently cultivated mucuna beans and stylosanthesis in Dilawa, Gumsi, Tarajem, Alagarno, Mashio, Gumsa, Nasari/Jakusko, Gujba and Nguru grazing reserves to promote livestock food supplements”, he said.
The manager solicited the cooperation of livestock farmers, opinion leaders and veterinary officers to work for the success of the 2013 vaccination.
This, he added, was to ensure increased meat and dairy production in the state.”