The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN-FAO) has commenced the vaccination of over 120,000 livestock in Borno State.
The vaccination campaign is part of a larger agriculture support initiative in Borno state, being implemented by the FAO and funded by the European Union (EU).
According to a statement issued by Opeyemi Olagunju, the information officer with FAO, the action is primarily targeting vulnerable persons, and 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.”
Olagunju said: “With funding from the European Union Trust Fund, some relief has 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). 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 Suffyan Koroma, FAO Representative in Nigeria, 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.”
The FAO representative also stressed that the vaccination campaign is one central way in which the Organisation protects herds and the livestock owning families who depend on them.
“FAO is committed to ensuring that livestock owners in the State, and throughout Nigeria, are protected and have the resources to rebuild their lives”, Koroma said.