FG To Scale Up Livestock Contributions To GDP, Says Minister

FG To Scale Up Livestock Contributions To GDP, Says Minister

FG To Scale Up Livestock Contributions To GDP, Says Minister

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”.