From Uche Uche Damaturu
The Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawal Foundation in collaboration with the Federal and State Government Ministries of Agriculture, has commenced disease control and prevention exercise that targets 1.45 million animals for vaccination in Yobe north senatorial zone.
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the exercise in Gashua town of Bade local government area of the state, the Director, Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Dr. Gideon Mbursa Mshelbwala, said the exercise is necessary in other to meet the increasing gap in the availability of food of animal origin and animal products by increasing the production and productivity of livestock resources of the country.
He stressed further that these livestock resources like cattle, sheep and goats that is mainly rural based, play key roles in rural socio-economy, especially in the provision of milk, meat, hides and skins as well as draught power for indigenous tilling of the land for agricultural purposes.
He said that the control and eradication of CBPP and PPR in animals would assure improved productivity of these animals with attendant empowerment and enhancement of the socio-economic status of their owners.
In his address, Senator Ahmed Lawan stated that the vaccination exercise became increasingly necessary considering that due to the insurgency that engulfed the northeast of Nigeria, especially Borno and Yobe state respectively, and neighboring countries like Niger republic and Cameroon, there have continued to be an influx of Fulani animal breeders who migrate to safer areas in Yobe state with their animals, thus increasing the incidences of these trans boundary animal diseases.