By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has targeted no fewer than 16,000 goats and other animals for vaccination in the year 2021.
This effort is to combat loss of livestock, due to ravaging Peste Des Petis Ruminants, otherwise known as goat plague.
Flagging-off the ceremony at Imala, Abeokuta North Local Government Area, being one of the largest producers of mutton in the state, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina said that Dapo Abiodun led administration was ready at ensuring food security, despite the outbreak of animal diseases, COVID-19 pandemic and unfavorable climate change.
Odedina described goat plague, as a highly contagious ruminants disease that has no cure, hence the need to take a preventive step, at combating the disease via vaccination, saying the government would ensure that the exercise extends to other Local Government Areas.
“As a responsive government, we must do all in our power to ensure food availability and security, while promoting profitable agribusinesses that provide jobs and contribute to the economy of the State. This activity is in line with our renewed focus on the provision of nutritious food, by ensuring that livestock protein components are affordable and not threatened”, he said.
The Commissioner enumerated high fever, sores in the mouth, diarrhea, pneumonia, and high mortality as the effect of goat plague, imploring livestock farmers to quickly report any case of the outbreak to the nearest Veterinary Clinic across the State for a prompt intervention to curtail the spread.
Earlier in his Palace, the Omola of Imala, Oba Moses Adegboyega Olabode lauded Ogun State Government for the intervention which he said would preserve their livestock against the outbreak of diseases.
He noted that Agriculture was the mainstay of the Nigerian economy which should not be washed aside, encouraging youths to shun idleness and embrace profitable agricultural ventures, as arable land for all types of farming abound in the state.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs Salimatu Abiona and Mrs Rebecca Fagbenro, appreciated Government for the gesture, saying the exercise would ensure the breeding of healthy animals, that would further guarantee their profitability.