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Nigeria's agricultural transformation agenda receives commendation

04/03/2014 10:38
Dr Timothy Asake, Director, Veterinary and Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Kaduna State, on Monday said the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda, ATA, would enhance potential in the agriculture sector.
Asake made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
He noted that the transformation action plan for livestock targeted the attainment of self-sufficiency in meat and livestock production.
Asake said that it would enable people who engaged in livestock rearing to be able to contribute to the growth of rural employment and the development of the nation's economy
The director urged Nigerians to rear more livestock and those also already in the system to continue for the country to benefit more.
Asake said the state government was doing a lot in terms of agricultural transformation and had succeeded in transforming the sector.
He said the livestock sub-sector was an important component of the transformation plan which relied on specialists and scientists, including veterinary surgeons that were trained to take care of animals.
Asake said that livestock played an important role in the nation's economy, especially in the areas of dairy and livestock feeds as well as poultry development.
He said that as part of the state government’s effort in supporting the transformation agenda in agriculture, it provided free vaccine for domesticated animals and livestock.
"We do vaccination for cattle; we administer Contasium Bovine Plorominomia to the cattle and for the sheep and goat, we administer the Pest Pestic Ruminacius.
"And we also use the livestock owners group to invite the Fulani leaders, the Miyyeti Allah, the group's national, zonal and local government leaders to get other livestock owners to vaccinate their animals.
"Also, in conjunction with the zonal offices and the Fulani leaders, the government reaches out to the cattle herdsmen in the state and has recorded successful a vaccination programme," he said.
Asake advised livestock owners to always make it a habit to consult veterinarians and avoid self- medication to keep animal worm free.
He also urged them to endeavour to give their animal routine vaccination in other produce healthy livestock.
Source - NAN

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