Agric Commissioner Urges Farmers On Goat Vaccination

Farmers in Akwa Ibom have been advised to present their goats to veterinary doctors for free vaccination exercise against diseases in the state. Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, who gave the advice at Nto Edino in Obot Akara Local Government Area at the flag-off of the goat vaccination campaign in the state, urged farmers to either take their goats to Veterinary Clinics and stations of the Ministry of Agriculture available in almost all the local government headquarters in the state or present same at their respective farms or homes for vaccination by the officials of her Ministry. Edet noted that the clinics and stations of her Ministry in almost all the local government headquarters were manned by competent veterinary hands to complement the free vaccination campaign against Kata diseases in the state. The commissioner assured that after the flag-off of the vaccination campaign in Obot Akara Local Government Area, veterinary doctors would go round rural communities for the vaccination of goats in farms and individual's homes to demonstrate the importance the state government attaches to it. Edet, who described as essential services, the campaign on the vaccination of goats against Kata in the state, assured that the exercise by veterinary doctors would ensure the rapid growth, safety and protection of locally produced goats in the state for consumption. While encouraging farmers to avail themselves of the great opportunity offered them by her Ministry to present their goats for inoculation, the commissioner, specifically expressed her appreciation to the people of Obot Akara for coming out in large number as a demonstration of their commitment to the control of the disease in the state. She prayed God to use the vaccination campaign by her Ministry against goat diseases to double the flock in favour of farmers in the state by next year. The director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Obot Obot, while taking farmers on the techniques of raising goat to make profit, called for the application of concentrate feed from spoiled maize and bean shafts for the feeding of goats. Describing goat as the cheapest livestock for poor people to raise, Obot explained that before spoiled maize are given to goats, it should be kept under the sun to dry and that bean shafts also serves as a good feed for goats. While advising against feeding goats only on leaves, the director of Veterinary Services said for farmers to encourage the good health of their flock, they should source

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