November 2, 2022


Nigeria strengthens effort to tackle transboundary animal diseases



Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has intensified its effort to address transboundary animal disease in its bid to improve animal production and productivity for sustainable livestock development in the country.


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Abubakar, revealed that the ministry has revalidated the emergency preparedness plan for the control of highly pathogenic avian influenza and reviewed the Animal Disease Control Act, 2022 signed by the Nigerian President.


To further reaffirm its commitment to eradicating transboundary animal diseases, he added that the ministry, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, has developed a five-year National Control Strategic Plan (NCSP) to curtail the spread of transboundary diseases in the livestock sub sector in Nigeria.


He added that the plan would help the country ensure improved animal production and productivity for sustainable livestock development.


Abubakar further stated that the ministry has also procured 4,148,000 doses of CBPP vaccines, 15,479,500 doses of PPR vaccines, 2,000,000 doses of FMD vaccines and 3,000,000 doses of Newcastle disease vaccines, that will be allocated to the 36 Nigerian states.


The minister pointed out that over the years, as part of the ministry's quest to ensure effective coverage of the vaccination, it had supported all the states with veterinary medicare inputs, including vaccines and other consumables, veterinary infrastructure such as primary health centers among others.


Additionally, he appealed to states to key into the exercise, take full ownership and sustain it in order to protect and preserve the critical livestock resources in the country's north-central geopolitical zone and nationwide.


In her remarks, the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, stated that with the right structure in place, the livestock sector has the capacity to become Nigeria's second leading revenue earner.


Aliyu expressed that with interventions like the nationwide vaccination exercise, animal diseases would be curtailed and this would enhance sustainable development as well as guarantee food security in the country.


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