The Federal Government, on Tuesday, disclosed that it would soon roll out plans on how to scale up the contribution of the livestock sub-sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this in Benin while speaking at the 57th annual congress of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA).
The Minister, who was represented by Dr Maimuna Habib, noted that the Veterinarians have a role to play in this, just as he decried the present 5 per cent contribution of livestock sub-sector to the GDP.
According to him, “The sector is faced with limiting factors among which are the burden of diseases such as (Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP).
“Peste Des Petits Ruminant (PPR), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Avian Influenza, African Swine Fever) among others that are mitigating against livestock production and productivity.
“I am aware that veterinarians both in the public and private sectors are contributing their quota to guarantee optimal health of animals for improved production and productivity for a profitable business in the livestock sub-sector.
“To realize sufficiency in the contribution of livestock sub-sector to the Nigerian economy, we need to effectively institutionalize the control of major animal diseases in the country.
“The Federal Executive Council has graciously approved an intervention fund to address the existing gaps in the animal health care services delivery in the country.
Very soon the Ministry is going to roll out activities in the control of transboundary diseases in the country”.