The Jigawa State Commissioner for Agriculture made the statement.
The Jigawa State Government has vaccinated more than three million livestock against animal diseases in the last five years.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Rabiu Isa, made this known on Saturday in Kiyawa, while inspecting the ongoing 2012/2013 livestock vaccination exercise.
He said that more than two million cattle and 1.2 million sheep were vaccinated against various diseases within the last five years. He also said that 23,450 dogs were vaccinated against rabies in the 27 local government areas of the state.
“The state government initiated and supported the livestock vaccination exercise, which aims at providing protection for the animals against major devastating diseases,’’ he said.
The commissioner said that since the programme’s inception in 2007, the outbreak of livestock diseases had been reduced to the barest minimum. He also said that the state government had rehabilitated veterinary clinics, while initiating animal drugs’ revolving fund to check the circulation of adulterated and substandard drugs.
Mr. Isa said that the clinics were equipped with modern equipment and drugs to enhance animal healthcare delivery at the grassroots. He said that veterinary clinics in Birnin-Kudu, Birniwa, Dutse, Gumel, Hadejia, Jahun, Kafin-Hausa, Kazaure and Ringim benefitted from the programme.