The Federal Capital Territory Administration in Nigeria says it has concluded plans to flag off the annual vaccination and treatment of livestock in Abuja.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who was represented by the Acting Secretary of Agriculture and Rural development, Dr. Musa Abubakar Aliyu, stated this in Abuja after meeting with the some senior staff of the FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat.
Malam Bello said that the exercise which was scheduled to take place between the 3rd and 4th week of July will focus mainly on livestock in grazing areas of Gwagwaglada, Old Gawu, Fulani herds in Abaji, Bwari, Karshi, Kwali, Kuje and Yaba.
The minister explained that the FCT Administration would support and encourage livestock farmers to embrace settlement in grazing reserves.
He noted that the programme would create effective communication network and synergy with livestock farmers towards the growth of the livestock industry in the Territory.
“This will not only generate employment to the teeming youth in the Federal Capital Territory but would also boost incomes and generate wealth especially for the livestock farmers”.
The exercise will be flagged off in Paikon-Kore Grazing Reserve in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory,” he added.
In continuation of efforts to check the resurgence of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in the Territory, there was the fumigation of poultry and animal farms.
The Minister also added that the FCT Administration would soon embark on the registration of poultry farmers in the 8,000 square kilometres of the Territory.