Gombe Govt. begins vaccination of 1m cattle




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By Peter Uwumarogie


Gona (Gombe State) – The Gombe State has launched the 2019/2020 annual vaccination of million cattle against contagious diseases across the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the vaccination launched on Tuesday in Gona, Akko Local Area of the state.

The vaccination is against Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia (CBPP) in Cattle and Pesti des Petits Ruminant (PPP) in Sheep and Goats.

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State in his address said that the to assist the herders while boosting the sub-sector to contribute to the of the state and the country.

Yahaya stated that since over 75 per cent of the people in the state were engaged by the agricultural sector, important to the sector to impact on the lives of the people.

While warning against of herders during the , the governor stressed that the vaccination was free.

The Gombe State of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Mr Mohammed Magaji said during the over million cattle would be vaccinated across the state, adding that such vaccination had not been done since 2016.

Magaji said that the exercise was aimed at controlling Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) of , adding that the non-vaccination of in the last four years had seen the sub-sector being ravaged by diseases such as CBPP and PPR.

According to him, the livestock sub-sector contributes immensely to the socio-economic development of the state.

“The estimated number of cattle in the state is between 950, 000 and 1, 100, 000,” he said.

(NAN)