Kaduna To Vaccinate 7 Million Livestock To Secure Man, Animals – El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said that the state will vaccinate 7 million livestock to secure both man an animal from infectious diseases, adding that, “About 63% of all diseases that infect man are transmitted by animals. So, vaccinating cats, dogs, horses and even poultry, is to protect man,” he said, while disclosing that over 200 farmers are losing about one billion naira in only three Local Government Areas of the state.
The governor also declared a state-of-emergency on tomato production in the state, lamenting that 80% tomato farms have been ravaged by an exotic pest known as tomato blight, of ‘Tuta Absoluta.’
Addressing newsmen at the Correspondent Chapel, Kaduna, the governor represented by Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Manzo Daniel Maigari yesterday, indicated that the ministry has already dispatched some officials to liaise with experts in Kenya and come up with a solution.
“Not long ago, a Professor of the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Zaria, was bitten by a dog and he died of rabies infection. We have received several cases with dog bites, because in the past 20 years there has been no any vaccination in the state.”
He equally informed that as part of government efforts to address desertification in the state, 3.5 million economic trees are to be planted between now and 2017. The trees, he said, will include: Shea butter and Cashew nuts, among several others.
According to the governor, Kaduna State is the largest producer of Maize, second largest producer of Sorghum, third largest producer of Soyabean, and the only Ginger producing state in the country. Towards this, he announced that specialised agricultural produce centres are to be established in the three senatorial zones of the state.
He disclosed also, that the government will be selling off its abattoirs in the state, while effort was equally being made to bring in investors in the meat processing sector.