A veterinary company — Ambuvets konsults, in collaboration with Kaduna State
Government, launched livestock vaccination control project in 23 local government areas of the state.
The Managing Director of the company, Shamsudeen Shehu, said in Kaduna on Thursday that
the vaccination, expected to take care of two major livestock diseases — the Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) that affects
sheep and goats and New Castle disease that attacks chickens.
According to him, women are responsible for the production of 70 per cent of chickens and small livestock in the state,
hence the need to empower them for more income.
He said that the company was particular about the two diseases because they affect sheep, goats and chickens,
mostly reared by women.
“So, we are collaborating with the state government to create awareness and ensure the vaccine gets to farmers at affordable
rates in the 23 council areas of the state.”
Sabiu Ismail, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, said that the state government, through research,
found out that PPR and new castle disease were responsible for the reduction of livestock in the state.
“We want to encourage women and also men to see healthy livestock farming as big business.”
Dr Habiba Tukur, the Director, Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture, said that the vaccination programme
would cover small ruminants against PPR and new castle diseases for poultry farmers.
She added that PPR is yearly, while new castle disease is done after every three months.
She explained that “we have trained animal community health workers that are based in
local government areas on how to vaccinate animals at minimal amount of N30 per chicken and N50 per
Hauwa Mustapha, the Director, Agriculture and Forestry, Igabi Local Government Area, commended the
company for the programme, saying it would impact the lives of farmers in the council areas.
She assured that the ministry would ensure effective sensitisation and services to animal farmers.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
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