As part of the efforts of the FCT Administration to prevent the outbreak and spread of livestock borne diseases in the nation’s capital, the Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) has commenced 2018 Mass Vaccination and Treatment exercise for livestock in the Territory.
Flagging off the exercise on Tuesday, at the FCT Veterinary Clinic, Gwagwalada, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello said the initiative will further boost food security in the Territory.
According to him, the exercise is a preventive measure to protect our livestock from contacting the various diseases and it will be carried out all through the nooks and crannies.
Bello, who was represented at the occasion, by the ARDS Secretary, Nzekwe Stanley Ifeanyichukwu, reiterated the commitment of FCTA towards ensuring residents that only healthy livestock safe for human consumption are available in the markets within the FCT.
He explains; “The FCT Administration through the Agriculture Secretariat has been carrying our various animal health programmes such as the campaign against Avian influenza, the vaccination of sheep and goat against goat catarrh.
“And it will be carried out all through the nooks and crannies of the FCT where we have cattle sheep and goats.”
He therefore urged livestock owners in the FCT to take advantage of the exercise by bringing their cattle, goats and sheep for the vaccination.
According to him, this will enable them breed healthier livestock that will have prolonged life and produce more milk and healthier offsprings.
He commended the Area Councils for their support and assured them the Honourable Minister of the FCT Muhammad Musa Bello is very passionate about the Agricultural sector, which is why he has given approval for the provision of all the necessary logistics towards the success of the exercise and ensure that no livestock is left out in the exercise.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Mustapha Adamu Danze assured the FCT Minister that the council will mobilise its agric Officers work provide support towards the success of the exercise.
Similarly, the Head of Veterinary Services in the Agric Secretariat, Dr. Mrs. Regina Adulugba reminded the Fulani’s and other stakeholders in the livestock business on the importance of the exercise.
Our correspondent reports that highpoint of the occasion was the administering of vaccines to some selected cattle by the representative of the FCT Minister as well as the Gwagwalada Chairman.