Niger State government has vaccinated 1, 710,000 animals to ensure that healthy animals are sold for consumption in the state even as it has spent N50 million for acquisition of land for Livestock and Fisheries Institute in Tangwai, a suburb of Minna.
The commissioner of Livestock and Fisheries, Alhaji Zakeri Bawa Bala, told journalists at the weekend that the state government vaccinated cattle , sheep, goats, dogs and poultry birds in the statewide exercise.
“We conducted a state wide vaccination where about 1 million cattles, 200,000 sheep, 200,000 goats , 300,000 poultry birds and 10,000 dogs were vaccinated,” the commissioner stated.
Also to ensure healthy meat consumption, the commissioner stated that Kontagora Abattoir was completed and butchers across the state were trained on quality hygiene standards.
Similarly, he disclosed that the state government paid compensation and acquired 31.602 hectares of land at N50, million in Tagwai, a suburb of Minna the state capital for the establishment of livestock and fisheries institute.
He further stated that in 2017, the state constructed earth ponds and rehabilitated concrete ponds at Tagwai Fish Hatchery to promote hatchery development and boost fish fingerlings production in the state.
Also Bawa disclosed that, a blueprint for the development of Bobi grazing reserve has been developed by the state government estimated to cost about N13 billion whereas N198 million has been approved for the first phase and of the amount, N10 million was released to commence infrastructural development.