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Kano state Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, has launched the 2022 free, mass livestock campaign, targeting 1, 025, 000 cattle and 750, 000 goats and sheep, in Kano, expected to gulp N170, 440, 870.

Funds for the exercise were provided by the Islamic Development Bank, IsDB, and the Lives and Livelihoods Fund, LLF, through the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, ISFD, the poverty alleviation arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group, for purchase of vaccines, consumables, training and logistics, among others.

The objective is to protect the livestock from Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia, CBPP, and Peste des Petits Ruminants, PPR, major diseases challenging their productivity and health. It is also to improve the livestock’s overall quality of life, prevent economic loss and promote human health.

Nigeria is one of the five leading livestock producers in sub-Saharan Africa and livestock plays a significant role in the nation’s economy, contributing over 20% of the total agricultural gross domestic product (GDP). A significant number of the country’s estimated 20.7 million cattle, 43.4 million sheep, 76 million goats are found in Kano, apparently owing to the states’ relative peace.

Flagging-off the exercise at Kadawa, Garun Mallam local government area, Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje noted that majority of peasants in the state depend on domestic livestock, especially cattle, sheep and goats, not just as a source of food but as a source of income, adding that outbreak of livestock diseases is capable of devastating their livelihoods.

“It is gratifying to note that from the data available to us so far, the CBPP and PPR vaccination exercise conducted last year was very successful as 701, 042 Cattle and 663,570 sheep and goats were vaccinated. I did not receive information on outbreak of CBPP and PPR in Kano last year but, we are not relenting in our effort”, the governor maintained.

“I wish to express profound appreciation to the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihood Funds. Without their moral and material support, this activity would not have taken place. These organizations have invested heavily in the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, making it easier for us to attain our objective of transforming the agricultural sector, thereby making life better for our people”.

The State Project Coordinator, Kano Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad highlighted that the 220 Community Animal Health Workers engaged by the KSADP, 30 International Committee for Red Cross supported Community Animal Health Workers and 880 inoculators would conduct the exercise, under the supervision of 41 veterinary doctors.

He added that the vaccination, which would be conducted jointly with the State Ministry of Agriculture, would last four weeks, stressing that more personnel than those of last year were engaged, to widen impact of the exercise.

Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje, used the occasion to inaugurate the 220 Community Animal Health Workers engaged by the KSADP and supported with kits worth N70. 6 million, containing basic equipment and drugs, to enable them offer basic animal health services in their localities. In return for such services, they will charge fees to restock and make a living.

Ameen K. Yassar

Project Communication Specialist

26th February, 2022


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