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Yobe to vaccinate 900 000 livestock

16 August 2013, 13:45

Damaturu - The Yobe Government has constituted a committee to facilitate the vaccination of 900 000 livestock across the state.

Dr Mustapha Gaidam, the Programme Manager of the state Livestock Development Programme, disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu.

"The committee is expected to ensure that herds of cattle, sheep and goats are vaccinated against trans-border animal diseases,'' he said.

He explained that the committee was comprised of veterinary and local government officers, leaders of cultural associations and security agents.

Gaidam said the members were mandated to mobilise and establish vaccination camps in remote areas to ensure that all livestock farmers were covered.

"The committee is expected to reach out to all herdsmen in the remote areas through local markets, water points and all other necessary avenues for accessibility,” the manager said.

"In view of movements across the common national and international borders shared by Yobe and other states, as well as Niger republic, it is necessary to vaccinate the livestock against these diseases,'' he added.

The manager noted that the exercise would secure the animals from diseases and the attendant low dairy and beef production.

Gaidam said the demarcation of stock routes and placement of beacons undertaken across the state had helped to reduce conflict between farmer and herdsmen.

"A monitoring programme has been put in place to ensure that farmers do not encroach into the demarcated cattle routes and the livestock do not encroach into farmlands.

"This has made the movement of animals easier without having problems with farmers.

"Government has provided water points for the livestock. Fodder banks have been cultivated by the programme to provide livestock in the state with food supplements,” he further revealed.

According to him, vaccination certificates would be issued to every livestock farmer whose animals were vaccinated to facilitate free movement across the state.


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