Vets pledge sup­port for cat­tle ranch­ing

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Nigeria Vet­eri­nary Medical As­so­ci­a­tion (NVMA) has called on gov­ern­ment at all lev­els and other stake­hold­ers to fa­cil­i­tate the tran­si­tion from no­madism to ranch­ing as a way of im­prov­ing an­i­mal hus­bandry and end­ing farm­ers/herders clash.

NVMA Pres­i­dent, Dr. God­win Abonyi, who spoke at the open­ing of the 2018 an­nual sum­mit of the NVMA in Abuja, called on fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to, as a mat­ter of ur­gency, set up nec­es­sary ma­chin­ery and in­ter­ven­tion process in the live­stock in­dus­try.

He said this would fur­ther safe­guard lives and prop­er­ties just as it will im­prove live­stock yields.

Dr. Abonyi said the re­cent in­crease in the num­ber of out­breaks of some zoonotic dis­eases such as Lassa Fever, Mon­key Pox, Bru­cel­losis, Ra­bies, Avian In­fuenza, is wor­ri­some and that gov­ern­ment at all lev­els should boost vet­eri­nary ex­ten­sion, sur­veil­lance and pub­lic health ser­vice de­liv­ery.

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