No fewer than 1.6 million livestock will be vaccinated against contagious diseases in Bauchi state.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Yakubu Kirfi made the disclosure at the flag off ceremony of the 2018 Livestock Vaccination Campaign in Chinade.
Kirfi said that the 1.6 million livestock would be vaccinated against common preventable diseases across the state.
“The livestock comprise of one million cattle, 200,000 goats and sheep as well as 400,000 chickens targeted to be vaccinated at the venue of the exercise in Chinade Katagum Local Government,” he said.
Kirfi said the exercise was geared toward empowering livestock farmers and enhancing economic growth of the state.
In his remark, Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State said: “The present administration is fully aware of the significant role of the veterinary subsector in the area of agriculture, public health, preventive, medicine and food security,” he said.
Abubakar, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Audu Katagum, said the subsector had been playing a vital role in the control of emerging and re-emerging diseases, most of which are zoonotic in nature.
According to him, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the state government has recently constructed a modern poultry market and abattoir complex at the Muda Lawal Market in the state capital.
Gov. Abubakar said that his administration attaches importance to manpower development of the subsector by sustaining the Veterinary Students Manpower Scheme in spite of the embargo on employment in the state.
He said that the state currently has about 94 veterinary students in various universities within and outside the country.
According to him, the state is one of the leading livestock producers in the country with about 75 per cent farming population engaging in one form of livestock business or the other.
“Records from the Federal Department of Livestock indicate that Bauchi State has over one million heads of cattle, 3,481,285 sheep and 5,213,423 goats.
“Considering the increase of livestock in the state, it is imperative to improve the tempo of yearly vaccination campaign of livestock against preventable diseases,” he said.
The governor explained that his administration’s policy on interventions in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development Programme cuts across all areas of agriculture.
He, however, commended health related professional bodies for complementing the efforts of the state government in the area of animal health and production.