Animal programs

Gombe government reaffirms commitment to contain animal diseases, boost animal production and trade

The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to achieving self-sufficiency and sustainable food security through agriculture and livestock for the overall improvement of socio- economy of citizens, especially rural dwellers who are mainly farmers.

He said so during the launch of the 2022 mass vaccination campaign against transboundary animal diseases for the North East Zone in Dadinkowa, Gombe State.

Diseases targeted include contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPPV), foot-and-mouth disease (FMDV), peste des petits ruminants (PPRV), and Newcastle disease (ND), among others.

Governor Inuwa noted that the diseases have a high fatality rate and are easily contagious with the potential to spread rapidly, thus leading to socio-economic and public health consequences in the states and the nation at large.

He explained that his administration’s efforts are focused on eradicating these diseases through a massive annual vaccination campaign to contain livestock diseases and achieve herd immunity for prevention and control. possible eradication.

The Governor noted that the occasion demonstrates the government’s commitment to improving animal health and production as well as preventing setbacks in livestock management by controlling transboundary animal diseases (TADs).

“Target diseases include contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPPV), foot and mouth disease (FMDV), peste des petits ruminants (PPRV) and Newcastle disease (ND), among others. So let me assure you of our commitment to support this campaign for the general improvement of animal production in the state and throughout the region. To reduce the impact of these diseases on our peasant herders, this administration, despite the scarcity of funds, has procured enough vaccines and other veterinary equipment for the vaccination exercise”.

Governor Inuwa assured of his administration’s commitment to agricultural development, especially the livestock sector, being one of the pillars of livelihoods and economic empowerment of the people of the North Zone. Est, stating, “Our desire is to transform the livestock sub-sector in Gombe State. ”.

He said that to improve livestock production, the Gombe state government relied on the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) as well as the Productivity and Resilience Support Project. Livestock (L-PRES) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. aimed at improving animal production and reducing clashes between farmers and herders.

“Furthermore, we are committed to achieving self-sufficiency and sustainable food security, boosting exports of livestock and livestock products as well as creating wealth and job opportunities.”

He commended the efforts of the federal government through its National Livestock Transformation Plan to control animal diseases across the country and therefore called on all states in the Northeast sub-region to unite. in the battle, because the control of animal diseases is a collective responsibility. .

He noted that the synergy will go a long way in improving animal production in the area, thereby improving the socio-economic status of our rural dwellers who are mainly farmers.

The Governor also called on stakeholders to join with the various state governments to ensure the success of the exercise.

“I call on local governments, traditional rulers, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Gam Allah Cattle Breeders Association, livestock owners and the general public to extend their cooperation and support to veterinary personnel to ensure the success of the exercise”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya expressed hope that the exercise will spur herders to rededicate themselves to the development of the livestock sub-sector, thereby improving livestock production in Gombe State, North East Zone and the country as a whole.

He said his administration will continue to align its agricultural policies and programs with those of the federal government’s agenda for agricultural sector transformation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammed Mahmood, who underscored the importance of livestock for the economic development of the country, assured that his ministry will continue to work in partnership with state governments to fight against transboundary animal diseases.

Represented by a director of the ministry, Dr. Maimuna Abdullahi Habib, the minister called on Nigerians to take the exercise as a call to national service.

The minister said the country is bursting with a huge livestock population spread across the six geopolitical zones, noting that “the full potential of these animals and the socio-economic benefits they bring can only be guaranteed if they are into a state of good health which can only be attained through the vaccination of diseases”.

Previously, the Gombe State Commissioner for Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Muhammad Magaji said control of transboundary animal diseases has resulted in low level of mortality among ruminants leading to high productivity and increased household economy in the state and the nation as a whole.

The Gombe State Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Herders Association, Modibbo Yahaya, in his remarks, noted that since the establishment of Gombe State, no governor has consistently practiced vaccination of animals over the past 3 years such as Governor Inuwa Yahaya.

He said the successful implementation of the annual vaccination program will ensure sufficiency of quality meat and milk as well as wealth creation by improving productivity, ensuring food security and animal development.

He thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for facilitating the construction of some critical infrastructure in the Wawa-Zange Range Reserve.

He however called on the government to operationalize the facility for the use of herders and non-herders alike as stated in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director General (Press Affairs), Government House, Gombe.

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