Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
More than 20,000 livestock were vaccinated in a two-week intensive campaign recently carried out by the FCT Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), according to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.
He added that the Administration has successfully combated diseases such as bird flu and army worms.
This, the Minister said was done in furtherance to efforts to boost activities in the livestock industry and ensure sanity in the handling of animal products in the Territory.
Bello, made the disclosure while speaking at the national conference on the transformation of the Nigerian livestock industry recently held in Abuja.
Represented at the occasion by FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa further revealed that the Administration is collaborating with the cattle breeders in the Territory to fashion out cutting-edge solutions to the challenge of cattle rustling and illegal grazing in the city.
The Minister noted that as part of efforts aimed at mitigating the challenge of illegal grazing in the Territory, the Administration had already constituted a high-powered ministerial committee to fast-track the development of the four grazing reserves provided in the Abuja Master Plan.
“The FCT Administration has proactively set up a Ministerial Committee on the development of the 4 Grazing Reserves provided for in the FCT Master Plan.
“Furthermore, discussion is on with Danish Company for the development of the Paikon Kore Grazing Reserve into a world class reserve as a model while provision has been made for adequate compensation to the affected farmers,” he stressed.