Diseases outbreak, spread affecting animal production in FCT ― Minister


The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has cited the outbreak and spread of animal diseases as the main factor affecting livestock production in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

She disclosed this during the flag-off of the vaccination campaign against trans boundary Animal Diseases in the North Central Zone of Nigeria, organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Aliyu, who was represented by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, also noted that the livestock has enormous economic value as an avenue for wealth and job creation for thousands of Nigerians.

The minister used the occasion to reveal that in the FCT with a rapidly growing livestock population, the major challenge has been the outbreak and spread of animal diseases, exacerbated by age-long nomadic livestock practices as well as increasing transboundary/migration of livestock without any form of control.

“This situation has made it difficult for farmers to access quality animal health care, resulting to the loss of up to 40 –50 per cent of animal stock by farmers thereby increasing the risks of transmission,” she stressed.

She noted that with the right structures in place, the livestock sector has the capacity to become Nigeria’s second-leading revenue earner.

While commending the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD), Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) and other critical stakeholders for their relentless fight over the years against the outbreak and spread of animal diseases, she, however, stated that the donation of 47,000 doses of vaccines by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has further strengthened the capacity to combat animal diseases in the FCT.

Aliyu, reiterated the determination of the FCT Administration towards repositioning the livestock sector, stressing that the Administration has currently developed a 10-year Livestock Development Plan (2022-2032) to provide the necessary framework for the implementation of developmental programmes for the sector in the Territory.

The minister, therefore, called on livestock farmers in the north-central zone to cooperate with the veterinary health officials who would be deployed to the field to carry out this exercise, just as she assured that the Administration would on its part, put every measure in place to ensure that no part of the FCT is left out in the exercise.

Earlier, the Mandate Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, noted that animal vaccination has been the safest and most effective means to prevent the outbreak and spread of animal diseases.

Ibrahim commended the FCT Minister of State for her continued support for the livestock sector in the territory, adding that her approval for the convening of monthly clinical interaction by veterinary health practitioners, the upgrade of veterinary clinics as well as the institution of a community engagement initiative to identify and resolve all the contentions issues between the host communities and farmers in the grazing reserves are yielding fruitful results.

He expressed the optimism that as more and more farmers settle at the reserves, transboundary movement of livestock would be reduced with farmers having enhanced access to quality animal healthcare for their animals.


Diseases outbreak, spread affecting animal production in FCT ― Minister


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