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Yobe to vaccinate 7m livestock against anthrax – Buni



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Gov Mai Mala Buni of Yobe says the state has acquired N1.5 million doses of Anthrax Spore Vaccines (ASV) for vaccination of about 7 million livestock across its 17 Local Government Areas.

Buni stated this at the inauguration of vaccination of livestock against anthrax and 2023 tree planting campaign in Damaturu.

He said the vaccines were acquired as a proactive measure against anthrax which was reported in some parts of the country.

“ We have decided to take this proactive measure to protect our people and livestock, and also to safeguard the economy of our livestock farmers.

“ Therefore, this event provides us with a special opportunity to take urgent and concrete steps to prevent the spread of anthrax from other parts of the country into the state,” Buni said.

The governor directed relevant agencies to ensure wide coverage in the state-wide- vaccination against the disease which affects both animals and humans.

On environmental protection, he said, the state was committed to combating desertification and drought through tree planting campaigns.

Buni noted that 2023 tree planting campaign tagged : ‘’Plant a tree today for our sustainable future and development’’ would partly address climate change effects including delayed rainfall and excessive heat.

The governor called on all stakeholders to educate the citizenry on the need to plant more trees and avoid acts capable of destroying the environment.

In his remarks, Dr Musa Kollere, noted that the phase one of RUGA, a livestock development project, had reached 96 percent completion in the state.

He said the project sited at the 50,000-hectares Nasari Grazing Reserve contained five dams, pasture development area, veterinary hospital, milk collection centre, feed mill, among others.

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