The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in conjunction with the Lives and Livelihood Fund (LLF) has released about N74 million for the purchase of vaccines and other consumables for the Mass Livestock Vaccination Campaign in Kano State.
The fund was apportioned through the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISFD), the poverty alleviation arm of the bank.
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According to the project Communication Specialist of Kano Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP), Aminu Yassar, in a statement on Sunday, the money will be used for the vaccination of cattle, sheep and goats against major diseases challenging their productivity and health.
He said the intervention becomes necessary considering the serious concern on the health and productivity of livestock, not only Kano but the whole of Nigeria.
Flagging off the vaccination at Dansoshiya Grazing Reserve, Kiru Local Government, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said, “I must emphasize that besides playing a major role in protecting animal health and reducing their suffering, this vaccination is an issue of serious public health concern because it prevents animal to human transmission of diseases and enables efficient production of Halal animal-derived food products to feed our growing population.
“We must remain committed to securing the health of our animals because research has shown that milk and meat provide a vital source of nutrition for the populace, especially vulnerable groups such as children and sick people,” the governor added.
Highlighting that the livestock vaccination was free, Governor Ganduje urged herdsmen and those engaged in domestic animals reproduction and fattening in Kano, to take advantage of the exercise for the well being of their livestock.
The governor was delighted that the KSADP has concluded an arrangement to award the contract for the construction of a Veterinary Reference Laboratory, to perform quality and cost-effective high-volume testing for improved animal health.