By: Ismail Umar, Sokoto
Sokoto State Government says it will commence artificial insemination of cattle to promote investment and improve veterinary medicine activities in the State.
The Commissioner of Animal Health and fisheries Development, Professor Abdulkadir Usman Junaid, stated the development at the State Veterinary clinic during the presentation and distribution of veterinary drugs, vaccines and laboratory equipments procured by Sokoto State government.
Professor Junaidu adviced stakeholders to invest more on livestock development in the State and country at large.
He said that paying more attention to the sector become necessary due to he strategic roles it played in ensuring sustainable economic growth and healthy life.
“Livestock is very important to human existence and 75% of diseases in human originated from animals” Professor Junaid said.
The Commissioner also revealed that arrangements have been finalised to commence artificial insemination for cattle with imported breed in the state.
” Now most of our local breeds produces just about one to four litres of milk per milking , the intention is to make sure that when we cross breed with other breeds like the one we have brought in from South Africa we will be able to produce ten to thirty litres per milking,” he stated.
According to him, the number of animal brought in from South Africa is not adequate to go round to every farmer but with artificial insemination more people could have the types of breed they want for better yield.
“With that you can have more animals that have more economic income, increase more job opportunities, because they have to employ more people to take care of the animals,”he noted.
The Commissioner said the Veterinary profession is making efforts to ensure animals slaughter for food are healthy and worthy of consumption.
” We need to have that quality assurance unit to go and access from time to time what these foods contains how they are been process to ensure they are produced to the best quality that is awesome,” the Professor said.
He commended the state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, for his immense contributions to the Veterinary medicine in the State.
He said the State government earmarked over forty eight million naira to procure the distributed medicine and other equipments.
He said the equipments were distributed to Zonal Veterinary Clinics across the twenty three local government areas of the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Umar Abubakar Dagawa, said the present administration has renewed its commitment towards ensuring the upgrade all veterinary clinics to consolidate efforts in achieving food sufficiency in the State.
Mr Dagawa described the distribution as timely which would go a long a in improving animals health in the State.
He said the Ministry would also continue to offer every assistance to Veterinary Doctors working in the State.
He said that the State government would also ensure training and retraining of all personnel including the Veterinary Doctors across all the zonal clinics in the State.
The Permanent Secretary urged zonal head of clinics to use the items distributed to them judiciously for the development of veterinary activities in the State.
Among the items distributed includes Operational vehicle and ambulance, 4 motorcycles, drugs and vaccines, laboratory equipment among others.