Ibrahim Hassaini, Kaduna State Commissioner for Agriculture, said the state government would begin vaccination of animals against trans-boundary diseases to ensure healthy livestock population.
Hassaini made this known on Wednesday at a stakeholders sensitisation meeting in Kaduna.
He said the meeting was necessary to engage stakeholders so as to mobilize members for efficient vaccination.
Represented by Pakachi Zakariya, Director, Vetinary Services of the ministry, said the programme was aimed at eradicating common trans-border diseases such as Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), Pest Petit Ruminants (PPR) and poultry related diseases.
He mentioned that the vaccination would target 247,000 cattle, 51,000 poultry, 152,000 sheep and goats.
Hassaini said the state had received red alert from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on the likelihood of two diseases of Avian Influenza (bird flu) in four southern states and Rift Vally Fever in Niger Republic.
He, however, said the state government had provided preposition chemicals for bio security measures.
“From our risk assessment, the major culprit of bird flu are the live birds markets, so we are going to focus more on them and other hotspot to ensure that the virus is cordoned .”
On Rift Vally Fever, he said it’s a zonotic disease which could affect humans across the value chain of small remnants of Sheep and goats.
He called on the stakeholders to enlighten their members in improving their personal hygiene and wearing protective clothing while in contact with animals.
The Chairman, National Sheep and Goat Association of Nigeria, Bala Yunusa, appreciated the State Government for the meeting, saying it would achieve increase in food production, generate more revenue for farmers as well as sustain a healthy environment.
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