The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has commenced the vaccination of over 120,000 livestock in Borno State.
According to a statement issued by the FAO information officer, Opeyemi Olagunju, the action is primarily aimed at assisting about 100,000 households or 700,000 people in the restoration of agriculture-based livelihoods across three years.
He said, “Farmers, returnees, IDPs, and members of host communities will be supported with crop production, livestock restocking, aquaculture and agric-business development. FAO hopes that in the long run, the project will improve nutrition and food production, boost employment and enhance income generation in the state.
“With funding from the European Union Trust Fund, some reliefs have come for Abu, Batula and other livestock farmers in Borno. Their herds were among the many that were vaccinated in the state recently in a massive livestock campaign spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. FAO’s campaign targets 120,000 livestock for vaccination against CBPP, PPR and Black Quarter diseases in Borno State.
“These three livestock diseases are the most prevalent in Borno and can result in significant losses in herds and earnings among affected households. The vaccination campaign began in Jere Local Government Area and included the vaccination of 980 cattle and 1 400 small ruminants (goat, sheep etc.). The campaign will cover Jere, Kaga, Monguno Gubio and Konduga LGAs in the state.”
The statement quoting FAO Representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma, said, “Smallholder pastoralists in the state have lost most of their herds to diseases, theft and many have sold their animals at very low prices out of necessity. This has resulted in poor food security and nutrition conditions for many livestock owners.”